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Hydrogen Bond Mediated Aglycone Delivery: Synthesis of Linear and Branched α-Glucans


  • This work was supported by an award from the NSF (CHE-1058112) and Mizutani Foundation for Glycosciences (130057). J.P.Y. is indebted to the University of Missouri, St. Louis Graduate School for awarding her with the Dissertation Fellowship. We thank the NSF for a grant (CHE-0959360) to purchase the 600 MHz NMR spectrometer used in this work. Dr. Winter and Mr. Kramer (University of Missouri, St. Louis) are thanked for HRMS determinations.


A Hydrogen bond mediated aglycone delivery (HAD) method was applied to the synthesis of α-glucans, which are abundant in nature, but as targets represent a notable challenge to chemists. The synthesis of linear oligosaccharide sequences was accomplished in complete stereoselectivity in all glycosylations. The efficacy of HAD may diminish with the increased bulk of the glycosyl acceptor, and may be an important factor for the syntheses of oligomers beyond pentasaccharides. The synthesis of a branched structure proved more challenging, particularly with bulky trisaccharide acceptors.

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