Synthesis and conformational studies of a Leu-enkephalin amide analogue containing a ferrocene substructure

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Solution phase synthesis of a constrained Leu(5)-enkephalin amide analogue 10 is reported, in which the cyclic ferrocenyl containing subunit 7 was introduced as a mimetic of the tetrapeptide Tyr-Gly-Gly-Phe unit. Temperature dependence of the chemical shift of the amide protons of 10 indicated a hydrogen bond between the same amino acid residues as observed for the natural Leu-enkepalin in the single-bend conformation. The rotational barrier (DeltaG(c)(not equal)=16.8 kcal/mol) of the C-terminal amide group, which was determined by DNMR spectroscopy, and NOESY experiments indicated that the two termini were more distant as compared to the single-bend conformation of natural Leu-enkephalin amide. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.


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  • Organic Chemistry


  • conformational analysis, ferrocene, cyclic peptide, beta-turn mimetic
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3085-3093
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Organic chemistry (S/LTH) (011001240)