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  • 1.
    Angles d'Ortoli, Thibault
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Structure-Reactivity Relationships of Conformationally Armed Disaccharide Donors and Their Use in the Synthesis of a Hexasaccharide Related to the Capsular Polysaccharide from Streptococcus pneumoniae Type 372017Inngår i: Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 0022-3263, E-ISSN 1520-6904, Vol. 82, nr 15, s. 8123-8140Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    To advance the field of glycobiology, efficient synthesis methods of oligosaccharides and glycoconjugates are a requisite. In glycosylation reactions using superarmed donors, both selectivity and reactivity issues must be considered, and we herein investigate these aspects for differently protected beta-linked 2-O-glycosylated glucosyl donors carrying bulky tert-butyldimethylsilyl groups to different extents. The acceptors in reactions being secondary alcohols presents a challenging situation with respect to steric crowding. Conformational pyranose ring equilibria of the superarmed disaccharide donors with axial-rich substituents contained skew and boat conformations, and three-state models were generally assumed. With NIS/TfOH as the promotor, 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylpyridine as the base, and a dichloromethane/toluene solvent mixture, ethyl 1-thio-beta-d-glucosyl disaccharide donors having 6-O-benzyl group(s) besides tert-butyldimethylsilyl groups were efficiently coupled at -40 degrees C to the hydroxyl group at position 3 of glucopyranosyl acceptors to form beta-(1 -> 2),beta-(1 -> 3)-linked trisaccharides, isolated in excellent 95% yield. The more axial-rich donors in skew and boat conformations are thus preorganized closer to the assumed transition state in these glycosylation reactions. The developed methodology was subsequently applied in the synthesis of a multibranched hexasaccharide related to the capsular polysaccharide from Streptococcus pneumoniae type 37, which consists of a beta-(1 -> 3)-linked backbone and a beta-(1 -> 2)-linked side chain of D-glucosyl residues in disaccharide repeating units.

  • 2.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    The sweet side of molecular structure: NMR spectroscopic studies of glycans and their interactions with proteins2015Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    In this thesis, within the topic of bioorganic chemistry, the molecular structure of carbohydrates has been studied. Carbohydrates, or glycans, are ubiquitous biomolecules exhibiting a wide range of biological roles. The specific functions of these molecules are largely determined by their interactions with proteins and molecular structure ultimately governs such specialized recognition events.

    Glycan-binding proteins, such as lectins or enzymes, often interact with their sweet ligands in a transient fashion and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) is a viable technique to probe these complexes. In particular, ligand-based NMR techniques have been employed, typically in combination with other biophysical as well as biochemical and computational methods. The aim of this work has been to gain new insights about specific biological systems, to develop methods and to devise protocols for their studies.

    The first two papers cover NMR-interaction studies of native ligands as well as inhibitor glycans with the enzyme hen egg-white lysozyme and the lectin botulinum neurotoxin type A. Screening experiments were performed to investigate ligand affinities and selectivities. Solution models in combination with X-ray crystal structures were compared in order to evaluate their agreement and the details of interactions.

    A method for application in carbohydrate ligand NMR-screening was developed in paper three. The heteronucleus selenium was exploited as a reporter of selenoglycosides binding to lectins. 77Se NMR spectroscopy proved sensitive to binding events and the presented approach should be useful in large screenings of glycomimetic inhibitors.  In order to obtain sufficient amounts of glycans for bioorganic studies their production often relies on chemical synthesis. In the last paper, the structure of some conformationally highly activated glycosyl donors was thoroughly investigated and related to their reactivity in synthetic glycosylation reactions.  

  • 3.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Berntsson, Ronnie P. -A.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för biokemi och biofysik.
    Masuyer, Geoffrey
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för biokemi och biofysik.
    Henriksson, Linda M.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för biokemi och biofysik.
    Gustafsson, Robert
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för biokemi och biofysik.
    Stenmark, Pål
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för biokemi och biofysik.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Glycans Confer Specificity to the Recognition of Ganglioside Receptors by Botulinum Neurotoxin A2017Inngår i: Journal of the American Chemical Society, ISSN 0002-7863, E-ISSN 1520-5126, Vol. 139, nr 1, s. 218-230Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The highly poisonous botulinum neurotoxins, produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, act on their hosts by a high-affinity association to two receptors on neuronal cell surfaces as the first step of invasion. The glycan motifs of gangliosides serve as initial coreceptors for these protein complexes, whereby a membrane protein receptor is bound. Herein we set out to characterize the carbohydrate minimal binding epitope of the botulinum neurotoxin serotype A. By means of ligand-based NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, computer simulations, and isothermal titration calorimetry, a screening of ganglioside analogues together with a detailed characterization of various carbohydrate ligand complexes with the toxin were accomplished. We show that the representation of the glycan epitope to the protein affects the details of binding. Notably, both branches of the oligosaccharide GD la can associate to botulinum neurotoxin serotype A when expressed as individual trisaccharides. It is, however, the terminal branch of GD1a as well as this trisaccharide motif alone, corresponding to the sialyl-Thomsen-Friedenreich antigen, that represents the active ligand epitope, and these compounds bind to the neurotoxin with a high degree of predisposition but with low affinities. This finding does not correlate with the oligosaccharide moieties having a strong contribution to the total affinity, which was expected to be the case. We here propose that the glycan part of the ganglioside receptors mainly provides abundance and specificity, whereas the interaction with the membrane itself and protein receptor brings about the strong total binding of the toxin to the neuronal membrane.

  • 4.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Berntsson, Ronnie Per-Arne
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för biokemi och biofysik.
    Gustafsson, Robert
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för biokemi och biofysik.
    Svensson, Linda M.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för biokemi och biofysik.
    Stenmark, Pål
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för biokemi och biofysik.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Recognition of Ganglioside Receptors by Botulinum Neurotoxin AManuskript (preprint) (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 5.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Landström, Jens
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Eriksson, Lars
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för material- och miljökemi (MMK).
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Ethyl 3,6-di-O-benzyl-2-deoxy-N-phthalimido-1-thio-β-D-glucopyranoside2010Inngår i: Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, ISSN 1600-5368, E-ISSN 1600-5368, Vol. E66, s. o3250-o3251Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    In the title compound, C30H31NO6S, the plane of the N-phthalimido group is nearly orthogonal to the least-squares plane of the sugar ring (defined by atoms C2, C3, C5 and O5 using standard glucose nomenclature), making a dihedral angle of 72.8 (1)°. The thioethyl group has the exo-anomeric conformation. The hydroxy group forms an intermolecular hydrogen bond to the O atom in the sugar ring, generating [100] chains. There are four close - contacts with centroid-centroid distances less than 4.0 Å, all with dihedral angles between the interacting systems of only 8°, supporting energetically favourable stacking interactions

  • 6.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Landström, Jens
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Eriksson, Lars
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för material- och miljökemi (MMK).
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Ethyl 4,6-O-benzylidene-2-deoxy-N-phthalimido-1-thio-β-D-glucopyranoside2010Inngår i: Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, ISSN 1600-5368, E-ISSN 1600-5368, Vol. E66, s. o3249-Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 7.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Landström, Jens
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    SEAL by NMR: Glyco-Based Selenium-Labeled Affinity Ligands Detected by NMR Spectroscopy2014Inngår i: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 20, nr 43, s. 13905-13908Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We report a method for the screening of interactions between proteins and selenium-labeled carbohydrate ligands. SEAL by NMR is demonstrated with selenoglycosides binding to lectins where the selenium nucleus serves as an NMR-active handle and reports on binding through Se-77 NMR spectroscopy. In terms of overall sensitivity, this nucleus is comparable to C-13 NMR, while the NMR spectral width is ten times larger, yielding little overlap in Se-77 NMR spectroscopy, even for similar compounds. The studied ligands are singly selenated bioisosteres of methyl glycosides for which straightforward preparation methods are at hand and libraries can readily be generated. The strength of the approach lies in its simplicity, sensitivity to binding events, the tolerance to additives and the possibility of having several ligands in the assay. This study extends the increasing potential of selenium in structure biology and medicinal chemistry. We anticipate that SEAL by NMR will be a beneficial tool for the development of selenium-based bioactive compounds, such as glycomimetic drug candidates.

  • 8. Kang, Yu
    et al.
    Gohlke, Ulrich
    Engström, Olof
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Scheidt, Tom
    Heinemann, Udo
    Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Lipowski, Reinhard
    Santer, Mark
    Barbirz, Stefanie
    Probing the conformational space of Shigella flexneri O‑antigen bound to the tailspike protein of bacteriophage Sf6 by X-ray crystallography, NMR, and Molecular DynamicsManuskript (preprint) (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 9. Kang, Yu
    et al.
    Gohlke, Ulrich
    Engström, Olof
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Scheidt, Tom
    Kunstrnann, Sonja
    Heinemann, Udo
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Santer, Mark
    Barbirz, Stefanie
    Bacteriophage Tailspikes and Bacterial O-Antigens as a Model System to Study Weak-Affinity Protein-Polysaccharide Interactions2016Inngår i: Journal of the American Chemical Society, ISSN 0002-7863, E-ISSN 1520-5126, Vol. 138, nr 29, s. 9109-9118Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Understanding interactions of bacterial surface polysaccharides with receptor protein scaffolds is important for the development of antibiotic therapies. The corresponding protein recognition domains frequently form low-affinity complexes with polysaccharides that are difficult to address with experimental techniques due to the conformational flexibility of the polysaccharide. In this work, we studied the tailspike protein (TSP) of the bacteriophage Sf6. Sf6TSP binds and hydrolyzes the high-rhamnose, serotype Y O-antigen polysaccharide of the Gram-negative bacterium Shigella flexneri (S. flexneri) as a first step of bacteriophage infection. Spectroscopic analyses and enzymatic cleavage assays confirmed that Sf6TSP binds long stretches of this polysaccharide. Crystal structure analysis and saturation transfer difference (STD) NMR spectroscopy using an enhanced method to interpret the data permitted the detailed description of affinity contributions and flexibility in an Sf6TSP-octasaccharide complex. Dodecasaccharide fragments corresponding to three repeating units of the O-antigen in complex with Sf6TSP were studied computationally by molecular dynamics simulations. They showed that distortion away from the low-energy solution conformation found in the octasaccharide complex is necessary for ligand binding. This is in agreement with a weak-affinity functional polysaccharide protein contact that facilitates correct placement and thus hydrolysis of the polysaccharide close to the catalytic residues. Our simulations stress that the flexibility of glycan epitopes together with a small number of specific protein contacts provide the driving force for Sf6TSP-polysaccharide complex formation in an overall weak-affinity interaction system.

  • 10.
    Landström, Jens
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Bergström, Maria
    Naturvetenskapliga institutionen, Högskolan i Kalmar.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Ohlson, Sten
    Naturvetenskapliga institutionen, Högskolan i Kalmar.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Combining WAC, NMR and computer simulations in Lysozyme interaction studiesManuskript (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 11.
    Landström, Jens
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Bergström, Maria
    Hamark, Christoffer
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Ohlson, Sten
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Combining weak affinity chromatography, NMR spectroscopy and molecular simulations in carbohydrate-lysozyme interaction studies2012Inngår i: Organic and biomolecular chemistry, ISSN 1477-0520, E-ISSN 1477-0539, Vol. 10, nr 15, s. 3019-3032Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    By examining the interactions between the protein hen egg-white lysozyme (HEWL) and commercially available and chemically synthesized carbohydrate ligands using a combination of weak affinity chromatography (WAC), NMR spectroscopy and molecular simulations, we report on new affinity data as well as a detailed binding model for the HEWL protein. The equilibrium dissociation constants of the ligands were obtained by WAC but also by NMR spectroscopy, which agreed well. The structures of two HEWL-disaccharide complexes in solution were deduced by NMR spectroscopy using H-1 saturation transfer difference (STD) effects and transferred H-1,H-1-NOESY experiments, relaxation-matrix calculations, molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulations. In solution the two disaccharides beta-D-Galp-(1 -> 4)-beta-D-GlcpNAc-OMe and beta-D-GlcpNAc-(1 -> 4)-beta-D-GlcpNAc-OMe bind to the B and C sites of HEWL in a syn-conformation at the glycosidic linkage between the two sugar residues. Intermolecular hydrogen bonding and CH/pi-interactions form the basis of the protein-ligand complexes in a way characteristic of carbohydrate-protein interactions. Molecular dynamics simulations with explicit water molecules of both the apo-form of the protein and a ligand-protein complex showed structural change compared to a crystal structure of the protein. The flexibility of HEWL as indicated by a residue-based root-mean-square deviation analysis indicated similarities overall, with some residue specific differences, inter alia, for Arg61 that is situated prior to a flexible loop. The Arg61 flexibility was notably larger in the ligand-complexed form of HEWL. N,N'-Diacetylchitobiose has previously been observed to bind to HEWL at the B and C sites in water solution based on H-1 NMR chemical shift changes in the protein whereas the disaccharide binds at either the B and C sites or the C and D sites in different crystal complexes. The present study thus highlights that protein-ligand complexes may vary notably between the solution and solid states, underscoring the importance of targeting the pertinent binding site(s) for inhibition of protein activity and the advantages of combining different techniques in a screening process.

  • 12.
    Rönnols, Jerk
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Pendrill, Robert
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Fontana, Carolina
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Angles d'Ortoli, Thibault
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Engström, Olof
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Ståhle, Jonas
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Zaccheus, Mona V.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Säwén, Elin
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Hahn, Liljan E.
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Iqbal, Shahzad
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Complete H-1 and C-13 NMR chemical shift assignments of mono- to tetrasaccharides as basis for NMR chemical shift predictions of oligosaccharides using the computer program CASPER2013Inngår i: Carbohydrate Research, ISSN 0008-6215, E-ISSN 1873-426X, Vol. 380, s. 156-166Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    H-1 and C-13 NMR chemical shift data are used by the computer program CASPER to predict chemical shifts of oligo- and polysaccharides. Three types of data are used, namely, those from monosaccharides, disaccharides, and trisaccharides. To improve the accuracy of these predictions we have assigned the H-1 and C-13 NMR chemical shifts of eleven monosaccharides, eleven disaccharides, twenty trisaccharides, and one tetrasaccharide; in total 43 compounds. Five of the oligosaccharides gave two distinct sets of NMR resonances due to the alpha- and beta-anomeric forms resulting in 48 H-1 and C-13 NMR chemical shift data sets. In addition, the pyranose ring forms of Neu5Ac were assigned at two temperatures, due to chemical shift displacements as a function of temperature. The H-1 NMR chemical shifts were refined using total line-shape analysis with the PERCH NMR software. H-1 and C-13 NMR chemical shift predictions were subsequently carried out by the CASPER program (http://www.casper.organ.su.se/casper/) for three branched oligosaccharides having different functional groups at their reducing ends, namely, a mannose-containing pentasaccharide, and two fucose-containing heptasaccharides having N-acetyllactosamine residues in the backbone of their structures. Good to excellent agreement was observed between predicted and experimental H-1 and C-13 NMR chemical shifts showing the utility of the method for structural determination or confirmation of synthesized oligosaccharides.

  • 13. Siegbahn, Anna
    et al.
    Thorsheim, Karin
    Ståhle, Jonas
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Manner, Sophie
    Hamark, Christoffer
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Persson, Andrea
    Tykesson, Emil
    Mani, Katrin
    Westergren-Thorsson, Gunilla
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för organisk kemi.
    Ellervik, Ulf
    Exploration of the active site of beta 4GalT7: modifications of the aglycon of aromatic xylosides2015Inngår i: Organic and biomolecular chemistry, ISSN 1477-0520, E-ISSN 1477-0539, Vol. 13, nr 11, s. 3351-3362Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Proteoglycans (PGs) are macromolecules that consist of long linear polysaccharides, glycosaminoglycan (GAG) chains, covalently attached to a core protein by the carbohydrate xylose. The biosynthesis of GAG chains is initiated by xylosylation of the core protein followed by galactosylation by the galactosyltransferase beta 4GalT7. Some beta-D-xylosides, such as 2-naphthyl beta-D-xylopyranoside, can induce GAG synthesis by serving as acceptor substrates for beta 4GalT7 and by that also compete with the GAG synthesis on core proteins. Here we present structure-activity relationships for beta 4GalT7 and xylosides with modifications of the aromatic aglycon, using enzymatic assays, cell studies, and molecular docking simulations. The results show that the aglycons reside on the outside of the active site of the enzyme and that quite bulky aglycons are accepted. By separating the aromatic aglycon from the xylose moiety by linkers, a trend towards increased galactosylation with increased linker length is observed. The galactosylation is influenced by the identity and position of substituents in the aromatic framework, and generally, only xylosides with beta-glycosidic linkages function as good substrates for beta 4GalT7. We also show that the galactosylation ability of a xyloside is increased by replacing the anomeric oxygen with sulfur, but decreased by replacing it with carbon. Finally, we propose that reaction kinetics of galactosylation by beta 4GalT7 is dependent on subtle differences in orientation of the xylose moiety.

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