Immobilization of pectin fragments on solid supports: novel coupling by thiazolidine formation

Fanny Guillaumie, Owen Thomas, Knud J Jensen*

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As a prerequisite to solid-phase and sequence analyses and for the study of the fine structure of pectin, we have developed oriented and chemoselective methodologies to couple model pectin fragments onto a solid support. Polyethylene glycol polyacrylamide (PEGA) resins were selected due to their excellent swelling properties in a wide range of solvents, including water, and their easy accessibility to enzymes. Following appropriate derivatization of amino-terminated PEGA resins, oligomers of R-D-galacturonic acid (GalA), up to the trimer, were anchored to the support through their reducing end. In addition
to reductive amination, the strategies included the formation of an oxime bond, a glycosyl hydrazide, and a pyroglutamyl ring. Further, we developed a new immobilization approach based on the formation of a thiazolidine ring. All methods proved efficient and did not require modification of the GalA oligomers prior to coupling. In addition, very mild conditions and few steps for derivatization of the support were required. Immobilization by thiazolidine ring and oxime bond formation were the preferred methods, given the stability of the linkages formed, their compatibility with aqueous solvents, the few number of steps required, and their potential for application to larger pectin fragments.
Thiazolidine and pyroglutamyl anchoring were developed further by the insertion of a disulfide bond which allowed release of the saccharides under mild, selective conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-294
Number of pages9
JournalBioconjugate Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2002


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