Conjugation of epitope peptides with SH group to branched chain polymeric polypeptides via Cys(Npys)

Gábor Mezö, Nikolett Mihala, David Andreu, Ferenc Hudecz

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Since bioconjugates may play an important role as therapeutics in the future, the development of new and effective conjugation strategies is necessary. For the attachment of peptide-like molecules to carriers, there are two main coupling methods involving amide or disulfide bonds. Conjugation through an amide bond can be achieved in several well-defined ways known from peptide chemistry. However, the formation of disulfide bridges between cysteine-containing peptides and carrier molecules still has some problems. In this paper, we describe a novel approach in which the carrier polypeptide is modified by 3-nitro-2-pyridinesulfenyl (Npys)-protected cysteine and this derivative has been applied for conjugation of Cys-containing epitope peptides with poly(L-lysine)-based branched polypeptides. Considering the stability of Npys group in the presence of pentafluorophenol, Boc-Cys(Npys)-OPfp derivative was selected for introduction to the N-terminal of branches of polypeptides backbone. The branches of the polymers were built up from oligo(DL-alanine) (poly[Lys(DL-Ala(m))], AK) and elongated by an optically active amino acid [poly[Lys(X(i)-DL-Ala(m))], XAK]. We found that the nature of X (Glu, Ser, Thr) has great influence on the incorporation of the protected cysteine residue. Herpes simplex virus and adenovirus epitope peptides were conjugated to Boc-Cys(Npys)-modified polypeptides. Results indicate that the incorporation of epitope peptides depends on the number of Npys group on the polymers as well as on the presence/absence of Boc-protecting group on the Cys residue. This new class of Cys(Npys)-derivatized branched polypeptides is stable for a couple of months and suitable for effective preparation of epitope peptide conjugates possessing increased water solubility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-491
Number of pages8
JournalBioconjugate Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry

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