A strategy for a convergent synthesis of N-linked glycopeptides on a solid support

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Science  14 Jul 1995:
Vol. 269, Issue 5221, pp. 202-204
DOI: 10.1126/science.7618080


Oligosaccharides and glycopeptides are of considerable importance in molecular biology and pharmacology. However, their synthesis is complicated by the large number of different linking sites between each saccharide unit, the need for stereochemical control, the chemical sensitivity of the glycopeptide bonds, and the need to harmonize diverse protecting groups. Here, an efficient solid-phase synthesis of three N-linked glycopeptides based on glycal assembly is presented. The peptide domain can be extended while the ensemble remains bound to the polymer. The glycopeptides synthesized here are among the largest N-linked glycopeptides ever accessed by either solution- or solid-phase synthesis.