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Torres-Garcia C.,University of Barcelona | Diaz M.,Barcelona Institute for Research in Biomedicine | Blasi D.,Plataforma Tecnologica Drug Discovery | Farras I.,University of Barcelona | And 6 more authors.
International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics | Year: 2012

The multifunctional character of tryptophan has made it a target for the development of new molecules with therapeutic applications. In this sense the design of alternative solid phase routes would allow the widening of synthetic possibilities to access these molecules through conventional or combinatorial strategies. The present work describes a new strategy for side-chain anchoring of tryptophan to dihydropyranyl-functionalized polystyrene resins and its application to the synthesis of the natural diketopiperazine Brevianamide F. For this study a new handle (4-[(3,4-dihydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)methoxy]benzoic acid) was prepared in order to functionalize aminomethyl or methylbenzhydrylamine resins. A preliminary study in solution using Fmoc-Trp-OR (R = Allyl or Me) and suitable resin models showed that the formation of an hemiaminal linkage with the indole system could be brought about by either conventional or microwave heating in 1,2-dichloroethane and in the presence of pyridine p-toluenesulfonate in yields of 70-95% practically without the formation of subproducts. On the other hand the amino acid could be liberated from the resin at room temperature in yields of up to 90% using trifluoroacetic acid in dichloromethane in the presence of 1,3-dimethoxybenzene as a cation scavenger. The conditions found in solution for the reversible formation of the hemiaminal were only reproducible in solid-phase work using conventional heating. These conditions were used in the synthesis of Brevianamide F, furnishing the diketopiperazine in an overall yield of 56%. These results demonstrate the potential of this strategy for the preparation of new molecules based upon tryptophan as a synthetic precursor. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011.

Torres-Garcia C.,University of Barcelona | Pulido D.,Unitat de Quimica Combinatoria | Pulido D.,CIBER ISCIII | Albericio F.,University of Barcelona | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Organic Chemistry | Year: 2014

A novel method for the synthesis of para-substituted phenylalanine containing cyclic peptides is described. The main features of this strategy are the coupling of phenylalanine to the solid support through its side chain via a triazene linkage, on-resin cyclization of the peptide chain, cleavage of the cyclic peptide from the resin under mild acidic conditions and further transformation of the resulting diazonium salt. The usefulness of this approach is exemplified by the solid-phase synthesis of some derivatives of the naturally occurring cyclic depsipeptide zygosporamide. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

Torres-Garcia C.,University of Barcelona | Pulido D.,Unitat de Quimica Combinatoria | Pulido D.,CIBER ISCIII | Carceller M.,University of Barcelona | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Organic Chemistry | Year: 2012

The use of a triazene function to anchor phenylalanine to a polymeric support through its side chain is reported. To prove the usefulness of this strategy in solid-phase peptide synthesis, several bioactive peptides have been prepared including cyclic, C-modified, and protected peptides. The triazene linkage is formed by coupling the diazonium salt of Fmoc-Phe(pNH 2)-OAllyl to a MBHA-polystyrene resin previously functionalized with isonipecotic acid (90%). Further assembly of the peptide chain, cleavage from the resin using 2-5% TFA in DCM, and reduction of the resulting diazonium salt of the peptide with FeSO4-7H2O in DMF afforded the desired products in high purities (73-94%). © 2012 American Chemical Society.

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