Selective 19 F-Labeling of Functionalized Carboxylic Acids with Difluoromethyl Diazomethane (CF 2 HCHN 2 )

Chemistry. 2017 Sep 27;23(54):13279-13283. doi: 10.1002/chem.201703446. Epub 2017 Aug 31.


The incorporation of fluorinated moieties into organic structures is a particularly powerful approach for generating compounds with useful biological applications in industry, pharmacology, and agriculture. Here, the recently developed reagent-CF2 HCHN2 -selectively esterifies carboxyl groups on organic molecules in the presence of other polar functional groups. The reaction is remarkably simple, proceeding at room temperature in chloroform without addition of a catalyst. The procedure allows "last-step" incorporation of a fluorinated ester moiety into organic structures, including bioorganic molecules such as peptides and proteins. The fluorinated ester can subsequently function as a 19 F-probe in biomolecules, thereby enabling molecular size determination by diffusion 19 F NMR experiments.

Keywords: 19F-labelling; CF2HCHN2; diazo; fluorine; peptides.