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Aspartimide rearrangements are a particularly nasty side reaction that can occur during fmoc-based solid phase peptide synthesis. Not only is this a mass-neutral side reaction, chromatographically resolving the undesired, rearranged product can be particularly difficult. To make matters worse, this side reaction can occur at any point during the synthesis after the Asp has been incorporated into the peptide.
In a prevous post, I described method that I have found useful for identifying whether or not an aspartimide rearrangment as occured during synthesis of a peptide that contains an aspartimide-susceptible sequence. In today’s post, I’ll discuss some strategies that can be used to suppress, or even eliminate this side reaction. Continue reading Preventing aspartimide rearrangements during Fmoc-based solid phase peptide synthesis