An NMR study of the lactonization of α-N-acetylneuraminyl-(2→3)-lactose

Tadashi Nakamura, William A. Bubb, Tadao Saito, Ikichi Arai, Tadasu Urashima

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    The composition of the products formed by treatment of commercial α-Neu5Ac-(2→3)-β-D-Galp-(1→4)-D-Glc (3'-sialyllactose) with glacial acetic acid was investigated by 1H-13C one- and two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy and fast atom bombardment-mass spectrometry. The data confirmed that the major product of the reaction was α-Neu5Ac-(2→3)-β-D-Galp-(1→4)-D-Glc-(1c→2b)-lactone, which reverted to the starting material on standing in aqueous solution at ambient temperature, but for which complete NMR assignments are reported. The NMR data led to the tentative conclusion that the reaction also yielded small amounts of lactose, and α-Neu5Ac-(2→3)-β-D-Galp-(1→4)-D-Glc-(1c→4b)-lactone which was stable in aqueous solution. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)471-476
    Number of pages6
    JournalCarbohydrate Research
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2000 Nov 3


    • 3'-Sialyllactose lactones, NMR data
    • 3'-Sialyllactose lactonization
    • GM3 oligosaccharide lactone
    • N-Acetylneuraminyllactose lactonization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Organic Chemistry


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