The first synthesis of the anti-TB cyclic peptide callyaerin A (1), containing a rare (Z)-2,3-diaminoacrylamide bridging motif, is reported. Fmoc-formylglycine-diethylacetal was used as a masked equivalent of formylglycine in the synthesis of the linear precursor to 1. Intramolecular cyclization between the formylglycine residue and the N-terminal amine in the linear peptide precursor afforded the macrocyclic natural product 1. Synthetic 1 possessed potent anti-TB activity (MIC100 =32 μm) while its all-amide congener was inactive. Variable-temperature NMR studies of both the natural product and its all-amide analogue revealed the extraordinary rigidity imposed by this diaminoacrylamide unit on peptide conformation. The work reported herein pinpoints the intrinsic role that the (Z)-2,3-diaminoacrylamide moiety confers on peptide bioactivity.
Keywords: conformation analysis; cyclizations; drug discovery; natural products; peptides.
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