Oligomers of glycamino acid

Yoshitomo Suhara, Yoshiki Yamaguchi, Brian Collins, Ronald L. Schnaar, Masaki Yanagishita, James E.K. Hildreth, Ichio Shimada, Yoshitaka Ichikawa

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Glycamino acids, a family of sugar amino acids, are derivatives of C-glycosides that possesses a carboxyl group at the C-1 position and an amino group replacing one of the hydroxyl groups at either the C-2, 3, 4, or 6 position. We have prepared a series of glucose-type glycamino acids as monomeric building blocks: these are derivatives of 2-NH2-Glc-β-CO2H 1, 3-NH2-Glc-β-CO2H 2, 4-NH2-Glc-β-CO2H 3, and 6-NH2-Glc-β-CO2H 4 and constructed four types of homo-oligomers, β(1→2)-linked I, β(1→3)-linked II, β(1→4)-linked III, and β(1→6)-linked IV, employing the well-established N-Boc and BOP strategy. CD and NMR spectral studies of these oligomers suggested that only the β(1→2)-linked homo-oligomer possessed a helical structure that seems to be predetermined by the linkage position. Homo-oligomers with β(1→2)-linkages I and β(1→6)-linkages IV were also subjected to O-sulfation, and these O-sulfated oligomers were found to be able, in a linkage-specific manner, to effectively inhibit L-selectin-mediated cell adhesion, HIV infection, and heparanase activity without the anticoagulant activity associated with naturally occurring sulfated polysaccharides such as heparin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1999-2013
Number of pages15
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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