Peptide Synthesis and the Specificity of Proteinases

  • Joseph S. Fruton


It was my good fortune to share a laboratory with Leonidas Zervas at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research after he came there in 1934 to rejoin Max Bergmann. The year before, the Nazis had obliged Bergmann to resign as Director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Leather Research in Dresden; after finding a haven in New York, he secured the help of the Rockefeller Foundation in bringing Zervas to the United States. I cannot express adequately my gratitude to Professor Zervas for the instruction he gave me in the art of peptide synthesis during his 2-year stay in New York. This essay is not only an act of homage to a great chemist, but also an acknowledgment of the debt owed him by one of his students.


Peptide Synthesis Synthetic Substrate Secondary Interaction Amino Acid Ester Pepsin Action 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph S. Fruton
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  1. 1.Kline Biology TowerYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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