• protein mimic;
  • discontinuous epitope;
  • cyclic peptide;
  • sequential cycloaddition;
  • scaffold;
  • orthogonal functionalization

Synthetic mimics of discontinuous epitopes may have a wide range of potential applications, including synthetic vaccines and inhibition of protein–protein interactions. However, synthetic access to these relatively complex peptide molecular constructs is limited. This paper describes a versatile convergent strategy for the construction of protein mimics presenting three different cyclic peptides. Using an orthogonal alkyne protection strategy, peptide loops were introduced successively onto a triazacyclophane scaffold via Cu(I)-catalyzed azide alkyne cycloaddition. This method provides rapid access to protein mimics requiring different peptide segments for their interaction and activity. Copyright © 2014 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.