Thermal effect in β-selective glycosylation reactions using glycosyl iodides

Mohamed H. El-Badry, Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague

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The unique reactivity of glycosyl iodides and the fact that they react under neutral conditions makes them the donors of choice in our glycosylation strategies. Glycosyl iodides are generated in situ from either the anomeric acetate or the anomeric silylated derivative yielding the α-iodide. In the reported glycosylation reactions, protected glucosyl, galactosyl, and mannosyl iodides were reacted with trimethylene oxide as the acceptor, yielding the β-anomer as the major product. In the absence of neighboring group participation, β-selectivity is thought to arise from nucleophilic displacement of the α-iodide in an SN2-like mechanism, while the α-product is the result of nucleophilic attack on the β-iodide. In this study, increased β-selectivity using an inverse thermal effect is demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6727-6728
Number of pages2
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number39
StatePublished - Sep 26 2005


  • β-Selective glycosidation
  • Glycosyl iodide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Drug Discovery


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