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Aug, 2020, Bioconjugate Chemistry
DNA-Compatible Copper-Catalyzed Oxidative Amidation of Aldehydes with Non-Nucleophilic Arylamines
We report a DNA-compatible protocol for synthesizing amides from DNA-bound aldehydes and non-nucleophilic arylamines including aza-substituted anilines, 2-aminobenzimidazoles, and 3-aminopyrazoles. The reactions were carried out at room temperature and provided reasonable conversions and wide functional group compatibility. The reactions were also successful when employing aryl and aliphatic aldehydes. In addition, qPCR and NGS data suggested no negative impact on DNA integrity after the copper-mediated oxidative amidation reaction.
May, 2020, iScience
Solution Phase DNA-Compatible Pictet-Spengler Reaction Aided By Machine Learning Building Block Filtering
The application of machine learning towards DNA encoded library (DEL) technology is lacking despite obvious synergy between these two advancing technologies. Herein, a machine learning algorithm has been developed that predicts the conversion rate for the DNA compatible reaction of a building block with a model DNA-conjugate. We exemplify the value of this technique with a challenging reaction, the Pictet-Spengler, where acidic conditions are normally required to achieve the desired cyclization between tryptophan and aldehydes to provide tryptolines. This is the first demonstration of using a machine learning algorithm to cull potential building blocks prior to their purchase and testing for DNA encoded library synthesis. Importantly, this allows for a challenging reaction, with an otherwise very low building block pass rate in the test reaction, to still be used in DEL synthesis. Furthermore, because our protocol is solution-phase it is directly applicable to standard plate-based DEL synthesis.
May, 2020, Organic Letters
DNA Compatible Intermolecular Wittig Olefination for the Construction of α, β‑Unsaturated Carbonyl Compounds
A robust DNA-compatible Wittig reaction mediated by PPh2CH3 has been validated for DNA-conjugated αchloroacetamides with aldehydes and, alternatively, DNA-conjugated aldehydes with α-halo acetamides or ketones. Further, 2aminopyridines were acylated with α-chloroacetyl chloride and then reacted with DNA-conjugated aldehydes. Lastly, a pilot library employing our optimized Wittig reaction protocol was synthesized. The ability to generate α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds may be particularly useful for the design of DNA-encoded libraries capable of covalently interacting with protein targets.
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