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Keywords:

  • carbohydrates;
  • enzyme catalysis;
  • neuraminic acid;
  • oligosaccharides;
  • sialic acid;
  • sialyltransferases

Abstract

A facile approach for preparative synthesis of sialyloligosaccharides containing N-glycolylneuraminic acid, deaminoneuraminic acid, and two 9-azido derivatives is described. Synthesis is accomplished by use of 6-carbon mannose/mannosamine precursors employing an aldolase, CMP-sialic acid synthetase, and sialyltransferase. Using a combination of five different sialyltransferases and various acceptor substrates, 16 sialosides representing sequences found in glycoproteins and glycolipids were synthesized with typical yields of 60–80%.