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  • Peptide synthesis of aspartame precursor using organic-solvent-stable PST-01 protease in monophasic aqueous-organic solvent systems.

Peptide synthesis of aspartame precursor using organic-solvent-stable PST-01 protease in monophasic aqueous-organic solvent systems.

Biotechnology progress (2007-05-08)
Shotaro Tsuchiyama, Noriyuki Doukyu, Masahiro Yasuda, Kosaku Ishimi, Hiroyasu Ogino
ABSTRACT

The PST-01 protease is a metalloprotease that has zinc ion at the active center and is very stable in the presence of water-soluble organic solvents. The reaction rates and the equilibrium yields of the aspartame precursor N-carbobenzoxy-L-aspartyl-L-phenylalanine methyl ester (Cbz-Asp-Phe-OMe) synthesis from N-carbobenzoxy-L-aspartic acid (Cbz-Asp) and L-phenylalanine methyl ester (Phe-OMe) in the presence of water-soluble organic solvents were investigated under various conditions. Higher reaction rate and yield of Cbz-Asp-Phe-OMe were attained by the PST-01 protease when 30 mM Cbz-Asp and 500 mM Phe-OMe were used. The maximum reaction rate was obtained pH 8.0 and 37 degrees C. In the presence of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), glycerol, methanol, and ethylene glycol, higher reaction rates were obtained. The equilibrium yield was the highest in the presence of DMSO. The equilibrium yield of Cbz-Asp-Phe-OMe using the PST-01 protease attained 83% in the presence of 50% (v/v) DMSO.

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Product Description

Sigma-Aldrich
D-Phenylalanine methyl ester hydrochloride, 98%
Sigma-Aldrich
L-Phenylalanine methyl ester hydrochloride, 98%