Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.
Skip to main content

Photoaffinity probes are increasingly being used for the study of biological interactions; however, the lack of structure-activity relationship studies has hindered their rational application. We describe the use of the Ugi four-component reaction (U-4CR) for the expedient and versatile assembly of photoaffinity scaffolds that can be linked to small molecule probes. The rates, yields and sites of crosslinking of five commonly used photoreactive groups comprising diazirines, aryl azides and a benzophenone, were compared using a human 2-oxoglutarate oxygenase as a model protein. The results reveal significant differences in the behavior of the probes and suggest that empirically guided optimization of probes for specific tasks is desirable. In the absence of such optimization it may be advisable to use a set of crosslinking probes/conditions; the U-4CR provides a convenient method for obtaining such a set.

Original publication

DOI

10.1039/C3SC51708J

Type

Journal article

Journal

Chem. Sci.

Publisher

The Royal Society of Chemistry

Publication Date

2013

Pages

- - -