Combating diabetes: A small-molecule carbohydrate mimic, pseudo-sergliflozin, was synthesized effectively by a regio- and stereoselective allylic substitution reaction. It was found to be a potent and selective inhibitor of a transporter protein - sodium-dependent glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) - which is responsible for glucose reabsorption in the human body. It could be a lead compound for further development into an antidiabetic agent.
- carbohydrate mimics
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