Facile solid-phase synthesis of C-terminal peptide aldehydes and hydroxamates from a common Backbone Amide-Linked (BAL) intermediate

S. Gazal, L. R. Masterson, G. Barany

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C-Terminal peptide aldehydes and hydroxamates comprise two separate classes of effective inhibitors of a number of serine, aspartate, cysteine, and metalloproteases. Presented here is a method for preparation of both classes of peptide derivatives from the same resin-bound Weinreb amide precursor. Thus, 5-[(2 or 4)-formyl-3,5-dimethoxyphenoxy]butyramido-polyethylene glycol-polystyrene (BAL-PEG-PS) was treated with methoxylamine hydrochloride in the presence of sodium cyanoborohydride to provide a resin-bound methoxylamine, which was efficiently acylated by different Fmoc-amino acids upon bromo-tris-pyrrolidone-phosphonium hexafluorophosphate (PyBrOP) activation. Solid-phase chain elongation gave backbone amide-linked (BAL) peptide Weinreb amides, which were cleaved either by trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) in the presence of scavengers to provide the corresponding peptide hydroxamates, or by lithium aluminum hydride in tetrahydrofuran (THF) to provide the corresponding C-terminal peptide aldehydes. With several model sequences, peptide hydroxamates were obtained in crude yields of 68-83% and initial purities of at least 85%, whereas peptide aldehydes were obtained in crude yields of 16-53% and initial purities in the range of 30-40%. Under the LiAlH4 cleavage conditions used, those model peptides containing t-Bu-protected aspartate residues underwent partial side chain reduction to the corresponding homoserine- containing peptides. Similar results were obtained when working with high-load aminomethyl-polystyrene, suggesting that this chemistry will be generally applicable to a range of supporting materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-332
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Peptide Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2005


  • Backbone amide linker (BAL)
  • Peptide aldehydes
  • Peptide hydroxamates
  • Weinreb amides


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