A Conformationally Frozen Peptoid Boosts CXCR4 Affinity and Anti-HIV Activity

Angewandte Chemie, 2012, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201202090, Volume 51, Issue 32, pages 8110–8113 published on 06.08.2012


Angewandte Chemie, online article


There can be only one: Using a peptoid motif obtained by shifting the arginine side chain of a pentapeptide previously developed by Fujii et al. to the neighboring nitrogen atom restricts the conformational freedom and yields a conformationally homogeneous peptide (see picture) with a 100-fold higher binding affinity to the chemokine receptor CXCR4 in the picomolar range. Its efficiency to inhibit HIV-1 infections is also demonstrated.  

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