Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) 2016 8 16() doi 10.1002/anie.201605745
We present here an efficient alternative to N-methylation for the purpose of morphing protein-binding peptides into more serum-stable and cell-permeable compounds. This involves the incorporation of a cycloalanine (CyAla) into a peptide in a way that avoids difficult coupling steps. We demonstrate the utility of this chemistry in creating a cell-permeable derivative of a high-affinity HIV Rev protein-binding peptide.