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Keywords:

  • growth factors;
  • native chemical ligation;
  • proteins;
  • solid-phase synthesis;
  • synthetic methods
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Three in one: Native chemical ligation (NCL) and bis(2-sulfanylethyl)amido (SEA) ligation allow the one-pot assembly of three peptide segments in the N-to-C direction. The SEA group (see picture, blue) is switched off by intramolecular disulfide bond formation during NCL. Then, a phosphine switches it on to trigger the second SEA ligation step. The K1 domain of the hepatocyte growth factor was synthesized and found to be biologically active.