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Molecules 2018, 23(9), 2109;

Identification of Nucleophilic Probes for Protease-Mediated Transpeptidation

Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
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Received: 30 July 2018 / Revised: 16 August 2018 / Accepted: 20 August 2018 / Published: 22 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Peptides in Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery)
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Proteases have evolved to mediate the hydrolysis of peptide bonds but may perform transpeptidation in the presence of a proper nucleophilic molecule that can effectively compete with water to react with the acyl-enzyme intermediate. There have been several examples of protease-mediated transpeptidation, but they are generally inefficient, and little effort has been made to systematically control the transpeptidation activity of other proteases with good nucleophiles. Here, we developed an on-bead screening approach to find a probe that functions efficiently as a nucleophile in the protease-mediated transpeptidation reaction, and we identified good probes for a model protease DegP. These probes were covalently linked to the C-termini of the cleaved peptides in a mild condition and made the selective enrichment of ligated peptides possible. We suggest that good nucleophilic probes can be found for many other proteases that act via acyl-enzyme intermediates, and these probes will help characterize their substrates. View Full-Text
Keywords: protease; transpeptidation; peptide ligation; nucleophilic probe; acyl-enzyme intermediate; DegP protease; transpeptidation; peptide ligation; nucleophilic probe; acyl-enzyme intermediate; DegP

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Eom, G.-E.; Kim, S. Identification of Nucleophilic Probes for Protease-Mediated Transpeptidation. Molecules 2018, 23, 2109.

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