Targeting Oligosaccharides and Glycoconjugates Using Superselective Binding Scaffolds

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Recognition of oligosaccharides is associated with very limited specificity due to their strong solvation in water and the high degree of subtle structural variations between them. Here, oligosaccharide recognition sites are created on material surfaces with unmatched, binary on–off binding behavior, sharply discriminating a target oligosaccharide over closely related carbohydrate structures. The basis for the superselective binding behavior relies on the highly efficient generation of a pure, high order complex of the oligosaccharide target with synthetic carbohydrate receptor sites, in which the spatial arrangement of the multiple receptors in the complex is preserved upon material surface incorporation. The synthetic binding scaffolds can easily be tailored to recognize different oligosaccharides and glycoconjugates, opening up a realm of possibilities for their use in a wide field of applications, ranging from life sciences to diagnostics.


Original languageEnglish
Article number2002298
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Early online date28 May 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 May 2020


  • binding scaffolds, glycan recognition, glycoproteins, oligosaccharide recognition, superselective binding, synthetic materials