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    Proteolysis of proteins and peptides is involved in the infection of cells by enveloped viruses and also in the invasion and spread of cancer cells. Shutting down broad-specificity proteases, however, is problematic because normal functions by these proteases will be affected. Herein, nanoparticle receptors were prepared from molecular imprinting for complex biological peptides. Their strong and selective binding enabled them to protect their targeted sequences from proteolysis in aqueous solution at stoichiometric amounts. Generality of the method was demonstrated by the protection of hydrophobic and hydrophilic peptides from different proteases, selective protection of a segment of a long peptide, and selective protection of a targeted peptide in a mixture. Most interestingly, two receptors targeting different parts of a long peptide could work in cooperation to protect the overall sequence, highlighting the versatility of the method. © 2021 The Authors. Angewandte Chemie International Edition published by Wiley-VCH GmbH.

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    Xiaowei Li, Kaiqian Chen, Yan Zhao. Sequence-Selective Protection of Peptides from Proteolysis. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English). 2021 May 10;60(20):11092-11097


    PMID: 33725413

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