A considerable quantity of an alkylation by-product is observed when using 3,6-dioxa-1,8-octanedithiol as a scavenger during acidic release of peptides containing the thioether amino acid methionine from the solid support. Adjustment of the cleavage conditions by replacement of 3,6-dioxa-1,8-octanedithiol with ethane dithiol or by using methionine sulfoxide as an alternative to methionine resulted in no such impurity. The by-product was detectable by liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry and characterised by NMR spectroscopy of an isolated model peptide. It could be effectively removed in a separate post cleavage step by treatment with dilute aqueous acid at 37 °C.
Keywords: 3,6-dioxa-1,8-ocatanedithiol; alkylation; methionine; peptide cleavage.
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