Studies on quinone oxidoreduction have heretofore been almost exclusively performed within quinoproteins; thus limiting the experimental contexts to what nature designed. As an alternative to natural proteins, the use of an architecturally diverse synthetic-protein scaffold, or maquette, would allow for a much more tailored approach towards exploring quinone electron chemistry. Towards that end, we report the synthesis of a naphthoquinone-derived amino acid, its integration into a synthetic peptide, and initial explorations of its oxidoreduction properties.
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