J Am Chem Soc 2019 May 30;141(19):7946-7954. Epub 2019 Apr 30.
Department of Chemistry , University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences , A-1190 Vienna , Austria.
Lipooligosaccharides (LOS) from the bacterium Rhizobium radiobacter Rv3 are structurally related to antigenic mammalian oligomannoses on the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein spike that are targets for broadly neutralizing antibodies. Here, we prepared a hybrid structure of viral and bacterial epitopes as part of a vaccine design strategy to elicit oligomannose-specific HIV-neutralizing antibodies using glycoconjugates based on the Rv3 LOS structure. Starting from a KdoGlcNAc tetrasaccharide precursor, a central orthogonally protected mannose trichloroacetimidate donor was coupled to OH-5 of the innermost Kdo residue. To assemble larger glycans, the N-acetylamino groups of the glucosamine units were converted to imides to prevent formation of unwanted imidate byproducts. Blockwise coupling of the pentasaccharide acceptor with an α-(1→2)-linked mannotriosyl trichloroacetimidate donor introduced the D1-arm fragment. Glycosylation of O-6 of the central branching mannose with an α-(1→2)-α-(1→6)-linked mannotriosyl trichloroacetimidate donor unit then furnished the undecasaccharide harboring a D3-arm extension. Global deprotection yielded the 3-aminopropyl ligand, which was activated as an isothiocyanate or adipic acid succinimidoyl ester and conjugated to CRM. However, representative oligomannose-specific HIV-neutralizing antibodies bound the undecasaccharide conjugates poorly. Possible reasons for this outcome are discussed herein along with paths for improvement.