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N-(tert)-Butyloxycarbonyl-β,β-Cyclopentyl-Cysteine (Acetamidomethyl)-Methyl Ester for Synthesis of Novel Peptidomimetic Derivatives

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It has been recently reported that thiol groups could play an important role in the protection of neuronal cells in Alzheimer's disease (AD), prion disease (CJD) and Parkinson's disease (PD). Also bucillamine, that is a pseudo dipeptide possessing a thiol group capable to form an internal disulfide bridge, has relevant scavenger properties used in therapy for the treatment of arthritis. Furthermore, many sulphur containing compounds show strong chelating properties to heavy metals. Due to the crucial role of thiol groups in a variety of detoxicant biological systems, we report the synthesis of a racemic β,β-dialkyl-substituted, fully protected, cysteine derivative as a suitable intermediate in the synthesis of novel biological active peptides.

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Keywords: Peptides; cysteine; peptidomimetic; thiols; β,β—dialkyl-amino acids; -space

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-07-01

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.
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