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  • Iron catalysts can modify amino acids, peptides to create new drug candidates

    Chemists led by University of Illinois professor M. Christina White and graduate student Thomas Osberger found that two small-molecule iron catalysts can oxidize chiral amino acids and peptides to an array of unnatural forms, giving researchers more options for developing drug candidates.

    Chemists led by University of Illinois professor M. Christina White and graduate student Thomas Osberger found that two small-molecule iron catalysts can oxidize chiral amino acids and peptides to an array of unnatural forms, giving researchers more options for developing drug candidates.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach M. Christina White, call 217-333-6173; email mcwhite7@illinois.edu. The paper “Oxidative diversification of amino acids and peptides by small-molecule iron catalysts” is available from online. DOI: 10.1038/nature18941