Probing the acceptor substrate binding site of Trypanosoma cruzi trans-sialidase with systematically modified substrates and glycoside libraries

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Systematically modified octyl galactosides and octyl N-acetyllactosamines were assessed as inhibitors of, and substrates for, T. cruzi trans-sialidase (TcTS) in the context of exploring its acceptor substrate binding site. These studies show that TcTS, which catalyses the alpha-(2 -> 3)-sialylation of non-reducing terminal beta-galactose residues, is largely intolerant of substitution of the galactose 2 and 4 positions whereas substitution of the galactose 6 position is well tolerated. Further studies show that even the addition of a bulky sugar residue (glucose, galactose) does not impact negatively on TcTS binding and turnover, which highlights the potential of 'internal' 6-substituted galactose residues to serve as TcTS acceptor substrates. Results from screening a 93-membered thiogalactoside library highlight a number of structural features (notably imidazoles and indoles) that are worthy of further investigation in the context of TcTS inhibitor development.


  • Jennifer A. Harrison
  • K. P. Ravindranathan Kartha
  • Eric J. L. Fournier
  • Todd L. Lowary
  • Carles Malet
  • Ulf Nilsson
  • Ole Hindsgaul
  • Sergio Schenkman
  • James H. Naismith
  • Robert A. Field
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  • Organic Chemistry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1653-1660
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Organic chemistry (S/LTH) (011001240)