Systematic and Stereoselective Total Synthesis of Mannosylerythritol Lipids and Evaluation of Their Antibacterial Activity

Junki Nashida, Nobuya Nishi, Yoshiaki Takahashi, Chigusa Hayashi, Masayuki Igarashi, Daisuke Takahashi, Kazunobu Toshima

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The total synthesis of the 20 homogeneous members of mannosylerythritol lipids (MELs) with different alkyl chain lengths was effectively and systematically accomplished from a strategically designed common key intermediate that was stereoselectively constructed by the borinic acid catalyzed β-mannosylation reaction. In addition, their antibacterial activities against Gram-positive bacteria were evaluated. Our results demonstrated that not only the length of the alkyl chains but also the pattern of Ac groups on the mannose moiety were important factors for antibacterial activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7281-7289
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 6


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  • Organic Chemistry

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