Bio-orthogonal metalloporphyrin catalyzed selective methionine alkylation in the lanthipeptide Nisin

Ruben V. Maaskant, Gerard Roelfes

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Abstract

Bio-orthogonal catalytic modification of ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified peptides (RiPPs) is a promising approach to obtaining novel antimicrobial peptides with improved properties and/or activities. Here, we present the serendipitous discovery of a selective and rapid method for the alkylation of methionines in the lanthipeptide Nisin. Using carbenes, formed from water-soluble metalloporphyrins and diazoacetates, methionines are alkylated to obtain sulfonium ions. The formed sulfonium ions are stable, but can be further reacted to obtain functionalized methionine analogues, expanding the toolbox of chemical posttranslational modification even further.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-61
JournalChemBioChem
Volume20
Early online date24-Sep-2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2-Jan-2019

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