In this paper, we report efficient cyanation of various peptides containing the α-bromocarbonyl moiety using a Cu-catalyzed radical-based methodology employing zinc cyanide as the cyanide source. Mechanistic studies revealed that in situ formed CuCN was a key intermediate during the catalytic cycle. Our method could be useful for the synthesis of modified peptides containing quaternary carbons.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry