Glycosylation and Protecting Group Strategies Towards the Synthesis of Saponins and Bacterial Oligosaccharides: A Personal Account.


Muru K(1), Gauthier C(1).
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(1)Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie, Institut national de la recherche scientifique
(INRS), 531, boulevard des Prairies, Laval, Québec, Canada, H7V 1B7.


Carbohydrates and their conjugates are not only involved in important biological processes but are also regarded as promising therapeutics and prophylactics. Over the last century, several glycosylation methodologies, glycosyl donors, and protecting groups have been developed and some of them have found broad synthetic applications in carbohydrate chemistry. In this Personal Account, we describe how glycosylation and protecting group strategies have been implemented in our as well as in other research groups as to synthesize bioactive glycans, more specifically naturally occurring lupane-type saponins as well as oligosaccharides related to Burkholderia species.