Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Online ISSN : 1347-5223
Print ISSN : 0009-2363
ISSN-L : 0009-2363
Synthesis of Non-canonical Amino Acids and Peptide Containing Them for Establishment of the Template for Drug Discovery
Tsubasa Inokuma
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2021 Volume 69 Issue 4 Pages 303-313


Non-canonical amino acid derivatives are an attractive scaffold for novel drug candidates. Among the methods used to prepare this motif, the asymmetric Mannich-type reaction of α-imino carboxylic acid derivatives is a preeminent strategy because a wide variety of non-canonical amino acids can be accessed by changing only the nucleophile. Preparing the common substrate is difficult, however, which makes this method problematic. We developed a convenient method for synthesizing common substrates using MnO2-mediated oxidation of stable precursors. Peptides bearing non-canonical amino acids are another attractive synthetic target. We propose a new approach for synthesizing non-canonical amino acid-containing peptides by directly applying various organic reactions to peptidic substrates. Using hydrophobic anchor-supported peptides, we directly applied ring-closing metathesis and asymmetric Friedel–Crafts reactions to peptidic substrates. We also developed a novel recyclable organocatalyst according to the nature of the hydrophobic anchor tagged compound.

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