The preparation of neoglycoconjugates containing inter-saccharide phosphodiester linkages as potential anti-Leishmania vaccines

Francoise H. Routier, Andrei V. Nikolaev, Michael A. J. Ferguson

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    The Leishmania express complex glycoconjugates containing phosphosaccharide repeat units at all stages of their life-cycle. One of these molecules, lipophosphoglycan (LPG) has been suggested to be a vaccine candidate. To assess the immunological properties of Leishmania phosphosaccharides, we have prepared neoglycoproteins and neoglycolipids containing synthetic Leishmania phosphosaccharide repeats. The coupling procedure uses the dec-9-enyl spacer of previously synthesised phosphosaccharides for linkage to protein and phospholipid. This alkene moiety is converted by ozonolysis to an aldehyde which is then attached to protein and phospholipid amino groups by reductive amination. The procedure produces neoglycoconjugates in good yield and without compromising the labile phosphodiester linkages within the phosphosaccharide chains.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)773-780
    Number of pages8
    JournalGlycoconjugate Journal
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999

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