Total Synthesis of a Mycolic Acid from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Nabil Tahiri, Peter Fodran, Dhineshkumar Jayaraman, Jeffrey Buter, Martin D Witte, Tonatiuh A Ocampo, D Branch Moody, Ildiko Van Rhijn, Adriaan J Minnaard*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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In Mycobacterium tuberculosis, mycolic acids and their glycerol, glucose, and trehalose esters ("cord factor") form the main part of the mycomembrane. Despite their first isolation almost a century ago, full stereochemical evaluation is lacking, as is a scalable synthesis required for accurate immunological, including vaccination, studies. Herein, we report an efficient, convergent, gram-scale synthesis of four stereo-isomers of a mycolic acid and its glucose ester. Binding to the antigen presenting protein CD1b and T cell activation studies are used to confirm the antigenicity of the synthetic material. The absolute stereochemistry of the syn-methoxy methyl moiety in natural material is evaluated by comparing its optical rotation with that of synthetic material.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot) 7555-7560
Aantal pagina's6
TijdschriftAngewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)
Nummer van het tijdschrift19
Vroegere onlinedatum18-feb-2020
StatusPublished - 4-mei-2020

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