DOI: 10.1111/cbdd.14331 ISSN:

A novel cyclic peptide library immobilized on gel‐type beads focusing on rapid construction and characterization for comprehensive drug discovery

Toru Sasaki, Takeshi Kasama, Kiyoshi Nokihara
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Pharmacology
  • Organic Chemistry


Medium sized molecules such as peptides and macrocycles have recently drawn much attention as potent sources of medicinal lead compounds, whereas the possibility of obtaining a practical drug from them remains limited. The present paper describes a concept of discovering novel medicinal targets or binding modes as well as lead compounds by the one‐peptide‐on‐one‐bead (OPOB) technology for comprehensive screening. The difficulty and problems in conventional drug discovery methods that generally deal with one predetermined target are considered. The building blocks used for the present libraries were selected based on previous results in development of peptidic drugs. Each constituent has the common structure of cyclic form prepared by disulfide of cysteinyl residues or thioether linkages, additionally a methionine residue was inserted for the site‐specific rapid cleavage by cyanogen bromide to liberate the immobilized peptides allowing reliable characterization by MALDI‐TOF‐MS/MS without LC‐purification. Thus, a high throughput construction method for cyclic peptide libraries as well as characterization of single bead are proposed for drug discovery.

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