A method for the decarboxylative macrocyclization of peptides bearing N-terminal Michael acceptors has been developed. This synthetic method enables the efficient synthesis of cyclic peptides containing γ-amino acids and is tolerant of functionalities present in both natural and non-proteinogenic amino acids. Linear precursors ranging from 3 to 15 amino acids cyclize effectively under this photoredox method. To demonstrate the preparative utility of this method in the context of bioactive molecules, we synthesized COR-005, a somatostatin analogue that is currently in clinical trials.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Michael addition
- photoredox catalysis