Chemoenzymatic synthesis of the Salmonella group E1 core trisaccharide using a recombinant β-(1→4)-mannosyltransferase

Yongxin Zhao, Jon S. Thorson

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The chemical synthesis of the bacterial O-antigen from Salmonella serogroup E1, 3-O-(4-O-β-D-mannopyranosyl-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl)-α-D-galactose, presents a particular challenge because it contains a β-(1→4) mannosidic linkage to L-rhamnose. We report a chemoenzymatic synthesis of this crucial antigenic material which culminates in the enzymatic formation of the critical β-mannosyl connection catalyzed by Salmonella GDP-α-D-Man:αRha1→3αGal-PP-Und β-(1→4)-mannosyltransferase (ManT(β4)). In comparison with previous synthetic routes, this method is advantageous since it utilizes intermediates, available in significant yield, which can be readily derivatized from the reducing end to present flexibility for analog construction, while the enzymatic construction of the Man1→4Rha glycosidic bond is both rapid and occurs in high yield. Furthermore, the reported spectroscopic and enzymatic structural characterization of the trisaccharide product furnishes the first indisputable functional link between wbaO and ManT(β4) and clearly sets the stage for the future mechanistic study and exploitation of this fascinating glycocatalyst. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-191
Number of pages8
JournalCarbohydrate Research
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jun 30 1999

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the NIH (GM58196), a Cancer Center Support Grant (CA-08748) and a grant from the Special Projects Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center. J.S.T. is a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar.


  • (1→4)-β-Mannosidic linkage
  • 3-O-(4-O-β-D-Mannopyranosyl-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl)-α-D-galactose
  • O-Antigen
  • Salmonella serogroup E
  • β-(1→4)-Mannosyltransferase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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