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Pept Res. 1993 May-Jun;6(3):140-6.

Pegylated peptides I: Solid-phase synthesis of N alpha-pegylated peptides using Fmoc strategy.

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Peptide Research Department, Roche Research Center, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., Nutley, NJ 07110.


The feasibility of pegylating peptides by the solid-phase procedure was examined. Although polyethyleneglycol (PEG) was shown to be partially degraded by HF, the use of TFA was fully compatible with the PEG system. Therefore, the Fmoc/tBu solid-phase strategy was utilized for the synthesis of a series of model tetra-, octa- and dodecapeptides, and the corresponding N alpha-pegylated peptides, which were prepared from common peptide-resin intermediates. PEG-OCH2-CO-Nle-OH, 3, proved to be an ideal reagent for N-terminal pegylation. This intermediate served as a diagnostic for the determination of the number of PEG units/mole of peptide. Solid-phase coupling reactions proceeded by standard procedures using BOP-activation. The authentic pegylated peptides (readily purified by conventional methods of preparative HPLC) were fully characterized by amino acid analysis, 1H-NMR spectroscopy, analytical HPLC and laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry, leading to the values that are identical with the expected structures.

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