α-d-Galactopyranosyl-(1→6)-[β-d-galactofuranosyl-(1→5) ]-β-d-galactofuranosyl-(1→6)-β-d-galactofuranosyl-(1→5) -[α-d-galactopyranosyl-(1→6)]-β-d-galactofuranose, the dimer of the trisaccharide repeating unit of the cell-wall galactans of Bifidobacterium catenulatum YIT 4016, has been synthesized as its dodecyl glycoside 2 by coupling of 2,3,4,6-tetra-O-benzyl-α-d-galactopyranosyl-(1→6)-[6-O- acetyl-2,3,5-tri-O-benzoyl-β-d-galactofuranosyl-(1→5)] -2-O-acetyl-3-O-benzyl-β-d-galactofuranosyl trichloroacetimidate 14 with dodecyl 2,3,4,6-tetra-O-benzyl-α-d-galactopyranosyl-(1→6)-[2,3,5-tri- O-benzoyl-β-d-galactofuranosyl-(1→5)]-2-O-acetyl-3-O-benzyl-β-d- galactofuranoside 16. The trisaccharide trichloroacetimidate donor 14 and trisaccharide acceptor 16 were regiospecifically prepared by employing 3-O-benzyl-1,2-O-isopropylidene-α-d-galactofuranose 4 as the glycosyl acceptor, and isopropyl 2,3,4,6-tetra-O-benzyl-1-thio-β-d-galactopyranoside 5 and 6-O-acetyl-2,3,5-tri-O-benzoyl-β-d-galactofuranosyl trichloroacetimidate 9 as glycosyl donors. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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