Peptides and proteins can be either synthesized using solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) or by applying a combination of SPPS and ligation approaches to address fundamental questions related to human health and disease, among others. The demand for their production either by chemical or biological methods continues to raise significant interests from the synthetic community. In this context, transition metals such as Pd, Ag, Hg, Tl, Au, Zn, Ni, and Cu have also contributed to the field of peptide and protein synthesis such as in peptide conjugation, extending native chemical ligation (NCL), and for regioselective disulfide bonds formation. In this review, we highlight, summarize, and evaluate the use of various transition metals in the chemical synthesis of peptides and proteins with emphasis on recent developments in this exciting research area.
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- Chemistry (all)