N-glycoside neoglycotrimers from 2,3,4,6-tetra-O-acetyl-beta-D-glucopyranosyl azide

Carbohydr Res. 2006 Jul 3;341(9):1081-90. doi: 10.1016/j.carres.2006.04.011. Epub 2006 May 6.


2,3,4,6-Tetra-O-acetyl-beta-D-glucopyranosyl azide is available on large scale from D-glucose by means of a three-step sequence involving acetylation, activation as the glycosyl bromide, and stereospecific displacement with azide anion. The azide functionality then serves as a convenient anchor upon which to introduce new functionality, usually with retention of the beta-stereochemistry. Here we report the synthesis of an amide-linked N-glycosyl trimer, by employing a Staudinger-aza-Wittig process on the azide, as well as a hybrid N-glycosyl triazole-amide-linked trimer in which the sugars are separated by 1,2,3-triazole heterocycles. Both of these neoglycotrimers are isolated in good yield with high beta-selectivity in each case.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Azides / chemistry*
  • Carbohydrate Conformation
  • Glucose / analogs & derivatives*
  • Glycosides / chemical synthesis*
  • Trisaccharides / chemical synthesis*


  • Azides
  • Glycosides
  • Trisaccharides
  • Glucose