Synthesis of Selenocysteine and Selenomethionine Derivatives from Sulfur-Containing Amino Acids

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  • Michio Iwaoka,

    1. Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Tokai University, Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan, (phone: +81-463-58-1211; fax: +81-463-50-2094)
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  • Ryuta Ooka,

    1. Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Tokai University, Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan, (phone: +81-463-58-1211; fax: +81-463-50-2094)
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  • Toshifumi Nakazato,

    1. Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Tokai University, Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan, (phone: +81-463-58-1211; fax: +81-463-50-2094)
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  • Sari Yoshida,

    1. Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Tokai University, Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan, (phone: +81-463-58-1211; fax: +81-463-50-2094)
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  • Sadahiro Oishi

    1. Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Tokai University, Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan, (phone: +81-463-58-1211; fax: +81-463-50-2094)
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Abstract

Selenium-containing amino acids have attracted increasing interest from view points of the importance as active centers of several selenoenzymes, the biological synthesis, the metabolism, and the use for structure determination of proteins. In this article, our recent progresses in the transformation from sulfur-containing amino acids to selenocysteine (SeCys) and selenomethionine (SeMet) derivatives are reviewed along with the surveys of general organic methodologies for the synthesis of SeCys and SeMet derivatives in the literature. The S→Se modification (i.e., the chemical atomic mutation) would be a useful approach to peptide synthesis involving selenoamino acid residues.

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