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Synthetic Approaches to Bis-Peptides Attached on Polynorbornane Molecular Scaffolds with Well-Defined Relative Positions and Distances
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1  Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
2  Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia
3  Laboratory for Physical Organic Chemistry, Department of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Bijenička c. 54, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Abstract: This paper describes novel synthetic approaches to polynorbornane molecular scaffolds substituted with peptides at various, well-defined positions. A library of norbornene building blocks with attached peptides was prepared. Alkene cyclobutane epoxide (ACE) coupling method was used as a key step reaction for connecting of two norbornene building blocks into bis-peptide scaffolds. Photodimerization of cyclobutene diesters offers alternative route to polynorbornane bis-peptides. Pyrrolo-peptides were used for preparation of peptide substituted 7-aza norbornenes. Unsymmetrical bis-peptide scaffolds were prepared by ACE coupling of peptide-norbornane epoxide with another norbornene-peptide block. Chemical elaboration of bridgehead dimethyl esters of ACE products or epoxide ACE reagents was also used for peptide attachment.