Special Issue "Feature Papers"

A special issue of Methods and Protocols (ISSN 2409-9279).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Fernando Albericio
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Guest Editor
1. Peptide Science Laboratory, School of Chemistry and Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4001, South Africa
2. CIBER-BBN (Networking Centre on Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine) and Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: organic chemistry; organic synthesis; peptides; mechanisms of action; interaction of peptides with eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells
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Dear Colleagues,

As Editor-in-Chief of Methods and Protocols, I am glad to announce the Special Issue "Feature Papers". This Special Issue will be a collection of articles from top researchers describing new approaches or new cutting-edge developments in the fields of Life Sciences, Chemistry, and Biomedical Sciences, as well as in other relevant scientific fields. We welcome the submission of manuscripts from Editorial Board Members and from outstanding scholars invited by the Editorial Board and the Editorial Office.

You are welcome to send short proposals for submissions of Feature Papers to our Editorial Office ([email protected]) for evaluation.

Prof. Fernando Albericio
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Predictable Peptide Conjugation Ratios by Activation of Proteins with Succinimidyl Iodoacetate (SIA)
Methods Protoc. 2018, 1(1), 2; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/mps1010002 - 25 Sep 2017
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The small heterobifunctional linker succinimidyl iodoacetate (SIA) was examined for the preparation of peptide–protein bioconjugates with predicable conjugation ratios. For many conjugation protocols, the protein is either treated with a reductant to cleave disulfide bonds or is reacted with thiolation chemicals, such as [...] Read more.
The small heterobifunctional linker succinimidyl iodoacetate (SIA) was examined for the preparation of peptide–protein bioconjugates with predicable conjugation ratios. For many conjugation protocols, the protein is either treated with a reductant to cleave disulfide bonds or is reacted with thiolation chemicals, such as Traut’s reagent. Both approaches are difficult to control, need individual optimization and often lead to unsatisfactory results. In another popular approach, a heterobifunctional linker with a N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) and a maleimide functionality is applied to the protein. After the activation of some lysine ε-amino groups with the NHS ester functionality, a cysteine-containing peptide is attached to the activated carrier protein via maleimide. Particularly, the maleimide reaction leads to some unwanted byproducts or even cleavage of the linker. Many protocols end up with conjugates with unpredictable and irreproducible conjugation ratios. In addition, the maleimide-thiol addition product should be assumed immunogenic in vivo. To avoid these and other disadvantages of the maleimide approach, we examined the known linker succinimidyl iodoacetate (SIA) in more detail and developed two protocols, which lead to peptide–protein conjugates with predefined average conjugation ratios. This holds potential to eliminate tedious and expensive optimization steps for the synthesis of a bioconjugate of optimal composition. Full article
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