The ester-amide exchange reaction enables spontaneous formation of prebiotic proto-peptides under mild conditions. However, this reaction also leads to oligomers with a vast sequence diversity of ester and amide linkages. Here, we demonstrate using deep eutectic solvents as a universal strategy to regulate the reaction pathways and promote the formation of amino acid-enriched oligomers with peptide backbones.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry