We report an efficient and convergent synthesis of a series of oligosaccharides comprised of the malaria GPI glycan (2 a), a promising anti-malaria vaccine candidate currently in preclinical trials and several related oligosaccharide sequences (3-8) that are possible biosynthetic precursors of the malarial GPI. A flexible synthetic strategy is disclosed that relies on a late-stage coupling between oligomanno sides of varying length and pseudodis-accharide glycosyl acceptor 11 to readily access various malarial GPI structures. Phosphorylation was accomplished by mild and efficient H-phosphonate chemistry before the final deprotection was carried out by using sodium in ammonia. The direct connection of a thiol group via a phosphate diester linkage to the inositol moiety provides a handle for easy conjugation of the GPI glycan to carrier proteins, immobilization on carbohydrate micro-arrays and photo-affinity labels identification. These synthetic oligosaccharides will serve as molecular probes.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Chemistry - A European Journal|
|State||Published - 8 Apr 2005|