Chemoenzymatic syntheses of linear and branched hemithiomaltodextrins as potential inhibitors for starch-debranching enzymes

Lionel Greffe, Morten T. Jensen, Florent Chang-Pi-Hen, Sandra Fruchard, Michael J. O'Donohue, Birte Svensson, Hugues Driguez

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Oligosaccharides embodying the S-maltosyl-6-thiomaltosyl structure have been readily synthesised by using convergent chemoenzymatic approaches. The key steps for the preparation of these molecules involved: 1) transglycosylation reactions of maltosyl fluorides onto suitable acceptors catalysed by the bacterial transglycosylase, cyclodextrin glycosyltransferase (CGTase), and 2) the SN2-type displacement of a 6-halide from acetylated acceptors by activated 1-thioglycoses. The target molecules, which were obtained in good overall yields, proved to be useful for investigating substrate binding in the active sites of several enzymes that act upon the alpha-1,6-linkage of pullulan and/or amylopectin. The compounds exhibit Ki values in the 2.5-1350 microM range with the different enzymes, and the highest affinity found by using these molecules was seen for the pullulanase from Bacillus acidopullulyticus. Both barley-malt limit dextrinase and pullulanase type II from Thermococcus hydrothermalis only recognised the longest linear thiooligosaccharide, while a branched heptasaccharide was the strongest inhibitor of pullulanase from Klebsiella planticola.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5447-5455
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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