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  1. Suprastapled Peptides: Hybridization-Enhanced Peptide Ligation and Enforced α-Helical Conformation for Affinity Selection of Combinatorial Libraries
    P. M. Sabale, M. Imiołek, P. Raia, S. Barluenga, N. Winssinger
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 18932-18940


Stapled peptides with an enforced α-helical conformation have been shown to overcome major limitations in the development of short peptides targeting protein–protein interactions (PPIs). While the growing arsenal of methodologies to staple peptides facilitates their preparation, stapling methodologies are not broadly embraced in synthetic library screening. Herein, we report a strategy leveraged on hybridization of short PNA–peptide conjugates wherein nucleobase driven assembly facilitates ligation of peptide fragments and constrains the peptide’s conformation into an α-helix. Using native chemical ligation, we show that a mixture of peptide fragments can be combinatorially ligated and used directly in affinity selection against a target of interest. This approach was exemplified with a focused library targeting the p-53/MDM2 interaction. One hundred peptides were obtained in a one-pot ligation reaction, selected by affinity against MDM2 immobilized on beads, and the best binders were identified by mass spectrometry.

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c07013 

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