Synthesis of N-methylated cyclic peptides

Nature Protocols, 2012, doi:10.1038/nprot.2011.450, 7, 432–444 published on 09.02.2012

Nature Protocols, online article

This protocol presents a detailed description of the synthesis of N-methylated cyclic peptides. N-methylation is a powerful technique to modulate the physicochemical properties of peptides by introducing one or more methyl groups into the peptidic amide bonds. Together with peptide cyclization, this procedure confers unprecedented pharmacokinetic properties to the peptides, including metabolic stability, membrane permeability and even oral bioavailability. Here we describe two simplified methods of N-methylation of linear peptides on solid supports, which can be performed in less than 2 h and are applicable to any amino acid. Finally, we also describe two methods of peptide cyclization, which can be used to obtain the N-methylated cyclic peptide and which are not limited to specific peptide sequences.

TU München
Helmholtz München
MPI of Neurobiology
MPI of Biochemistry