Solid-phase synthesis of O-linked glycopeptide analogues of enkephalin

S. A. Mitchell, M. R. Pratt, V. J. Hruby, R. Polt

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The synthesis of 18 N-α-FMOC-amino acid glycosides for solid-phase glycopeptide assembly is reported. The glycosides were synthesized either from the corresponding O'Donnell Schiff bases or from N-α-FMOC-amino protected serine or threonine and the appropriate glycosyl bromide using Hanessian's modification of the Koenigs-Knorr reaction. Reaction rates of D-glycosyl bromides (e.g., acetobromoglucose) with the L- and D-forms of serine and threonine are distinctly different and can be rationalized in terms of the steric interactions within the two types of diastereomeric transition states for the D/L and D/D reactant pairs. The N-α-FMOC-protected glycosides [monosaccharides Xyl, Glc, Gal, Man, GlcNAc, and GalNAc; disaccharides Gal-β(1-4)-Glc (lactose), Glc-β(1-4)-Glc (cellobiose), and Gal-α(1-6)-Glc (melibiose)] were incorporated into 22 enkephalin glycopeptide analogues. These peptide opiates bearing the pharmacophore H-Tyr-c[DCys-Gly-Phe-DCys]- were designed to probe the significance of the glycoside moiety and the carbohydrate-peptide linkage region in blood-brain barrier (BBB) transport, opiate receptor binding, and analgesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2327-2342
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 6 2001

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  • Organic Chemistry


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