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    Using microwave heating for your stapled peptide synthesis

    Jan 24, 2020 10:27:08 PM / by Elizabeth Denton


    Hydrocarbon stapling as a strategy to stabilize secondary structures of peptides, while introduced by Miller, Blackwell and Grubbs in the mid 1990s, really grew to the forefront with seminal work by Schaffmeister and Verdine in early 2000s.  Protocols have been developed that enable this post-synthesis modification while the peptide is still on resin, but often these metathesis reactions are performed manually, and at room temperature.

    In today's post, I'll compare several different sets of reaction conditions using microwave heating with the goal of expediting the olefin metathesis reaction, without compromising reaction efficiency, and towards automating the entire synthesis.

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    Analyzing crude peptide samples by Mass Spectrometry: what are the options

    Jan 10, 2020 3:30:02 PM / by Elizabeth Denton


    There are many techniques available to analyze and identify synthetic compounds that we are taught in the first few years of our chemistry education. While tools like NMR spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, and others, are extremely useful for determining or confirming the structure of synthetic small molecules, these strategies are not as well suited for quick characterization of peptides. As a result, peptide chemists rely heavily on peak shape observed during a liquid chromatography step and mass spectrometry for mass confirmation.

    In today's post, I'll discuss several of the mass spectrometry techniques that are used for analyzing crude or purified peptide samples.

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