Palladium-Catalyzed Oxidation of Glucose in Glycopeptides

Niels R.M. Reintjens, Liubov Yakovlieva, Nittert Marinus, Johan Hekelaar, Francesca Nuti, Anna Maria Papini, Martin D. Witte, Adriaan J. Minnaard, Marthe T.C. Walvoort*

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Selective modification of carbohydrate residues in glycopeptides is highly relevant as a tool in glycobiology. In particular, oxidation allows for subsequent ligation with a label or handle and can be effectuated enzymatically or chemically. Chemical oxidation of carbohydrate residues in glycopeptides is nearly invariably done using periodate cleavage, leading to aldehydes. In this work, we applied palladium-catalyzed oxidation for the same purpose. The catalyst, [(neocuproine)PdOAc]2OTf2, developed for the site-selective oxidation of mono- and oligosaccharides on preparative scale, proved suitable for the oxidation of glucose residues in a series of glucopeptides. Careful optimization of the reaction conditions is necessary to get acceptable conversions without excessive over-oxidation of amino acid side-chains, in particular threonine. The resulting carbonyl function can be used for an oxime-ligation to biotin. A protocol for the analysis of the products using mass spectrometry is also reported.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202200677
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 7-Jul-2022


  • Glucose
  • Glycopeptides
  • Oxidation
  • Oxime ligation
  • Palladium catalysis

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