The sequence from residues 25-35 of the amyloid β peptide has been identified as an important factor in the neurotoxicity displayed by this peptide. Attempts to synthesize analogues of this sequence using Fmoc-protected amino acids in solid phase synthesis were initially unsuccessful, with coupling stopping after Ala30. By incorporating N-(2-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzyl)alanine at this position, total synthesis of the undecapeptide was accomplished. Success was also achieved by switching the synthesis to a commercial synthesiser which uses a flow system and improved solvent conditions.
- Alzheimer's disease
- Amide protection
- Solid phase peptide synthesis
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