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  • 1.
    Ali, Tara
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Weintraub, Andrej
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structural determination of the O-antigenic polysaccharide from Escherichia coli O1662007In: Carbohydrate Research, ISSN 0008-6215, E-ISSN 1873-426X, Vol. 342, no 2, p. 274-278Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Ali, Tara
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Weintraub, Andrej
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structural determination of the O-antigenic polysaccharide from the Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O1712006In: Carbohydrate Research, ISSN 0008-6215, Vol. 341, p. 1878-1883Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Ali, Tara
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Weintraub, Andrej
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structural studies of the O-antigenic polysaccharides from the enteroaggregative Escherichia coli strain 87/D2 and international type strains from E. coli O1282008In: Carbohydrate Research, ISSN 0008-6215, Vol. 343, no 4, p. 695-702Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Angles d'Ortoli, Thibault
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    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 372017In: Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 0022-3263, E-ISSN 1520-6904, Vol. 82, no 15, p. 8123-8140Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

  • 5.
    Angles d'Ortoli, Thibault
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Mobarak, Hani
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Ståhle, Jonas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    Fontana, Carolina
    Engström, Olof
    Apostolica, Patricia
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Complete 1H and 13C NMR chemical shift assignments of mono- to tetrasaccharides as basis for NMR chemical shift predictions of oligo- and polysaccharides using the computer program CASPERManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Bartholomeyzik, Teresa
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Pendrill, Robert
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Jiang, Tuo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Bäckvall, Jan-E.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Complex Kinetics in a Palladium(II)-Catalyzed Oxidative Carbocyclization: Untangling of Competing Pathways, Pre-Catalyst Activation, and Product MixturesManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Bartholomeyzik, Teresa
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Pendrill, Robert
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Lihammar, Richard
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Jiang, Tuo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Bäckvall, Jan-E.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Kinetics and Mechanism of the Palladium-Catalyzed Oxidative Arylating Carbocyclization of Allenynes2018In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, ISSN 0002-7863, E-ISSN 1520-5126, Vol. 140, no 1, p. 298-309Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Pd-catalyzed C-C bond-forming reactions under oxidative conditions constitute a class of important and widely used synthetic protocols. This Article describes a mechanistic investigation of the arylating carbocyclization of allenynes using boronic acids and focuses on the correlation between reaction conditions and product selectivity. Isotope effects confirm that either allenic or propargylic C-H activation occurs directly after substrate binding. With an excess of H2O, a triene product is selectively formed via allenic C-H activation. The latter C-H activation was found to be turnover-limiting and the reaction zeroth order in reactants as well as the oxidant. A dominant feature is continuous catalyst activation, which was shown to occur even in the absence of substrate. Smaller amounts of H2O lead to mixtures of triene and vinylallene products, where the latter is formed via propargylic C-H activation. The formation of triene occurs only in the presence of ArB(OH)(2). Vinylallene, on the other hand, was shown to be formed by consumption of (ArBO)(3) as a first-order reactant. Conditions with sub-stoichiometric BF3 center dot OEt2 gave selectively the vinylallene product, and the reaction is first order in PhB(OH)(2). Both C-H activation and transmetalation influence the reaction rate. However, with electron-deficient ArB(OH)(2), C-H activation is turnover-limiting. It was difficult to establish the order of transmetalation vs C-H activation with certainty, but the results suggest that BF3 center dot OEt2 promotes an early transmetalation. The catalytically active species were found to be dependent on the reaction conditions, and H2O is a crucial parameter in the control of selectivity.

  • 8. Bergenstråhle-Wohlert, Malin
    et al.
    Angles d'Ortoli, Thibault
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Sjöberg, Nils A.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Wohlert, Jakob
    On the anomalous temperature dependence of cellulose aqueous solubility2016In: Cellulose (London), ISSN 0969-0239, E-ISSN 1572-882X, Vol. 23, no 4, p. 2375-2387Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The solubility of cellulose in water-based media is promoted by low temperature, which may appear counter-intuitive. An explanation to this phenomenon has been proposed that is based on a temperature-dependent orientation of the hydroxymethyl group. In this paper, this hypothesis is investigated using molecular dynamics computer simulations and NMR spectroscopy, and is discussed in conjunction with alternative explanations based on solvent–solute and solvent–solvent hydrogen bond formation respectively. It is shown that neither simulations nor experiments lend support to the proposed mechanism based on the hydroxymethyl orientation, whereas the two alternative explanations give rise to two distinct contributions to the hydration free energy of cellooligomers.

  • 9. Berglund, Jennie
    et al.
    Angles d'Ortoli, Thibault
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Vilaplana, Francisco
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Bergenstråhle-Wohlert, Malin
    Lawoko, Martin
    Henriksson, Gunnar
    Lindström, Mikael
    Wohlert, Jakob
    A molecular dynamics study of the effect of glycosidic linkage type in the hemicellulose backbone on the molecular chain flexibility2016In: The Plant Journal, ISSN 0960-7412, E-ISSN 1365-313X, Vol. 88, no 1, p. 56-70Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The macromolecular conformation of the constituent polysaccharides in lignocellulosic biomass influences their supramolecular interactions, and therefore their function in plants and their performance in technical products. The flexibility of glycosidic linkages from the backbone of hemicelluloses was studied by evaluating the conformational freedom of the φ and ψ dihedral angles using molecular dynamic simulations, additionally selected molecules were correlated with experimental data by NMR spectroscopy. Three types of β-(1→4) glycosidic linkages involving the monosaccharides (Glcp, Xylp and Manp) present in the backbone of hemicelluloses were defined. Different di- and tetrasaccharides with combinations of such sugar monomers from hemicelluloses were simulated and free energy maps of the φ - ψ space and hydrogen bonding patterns were obtained. The glycosidic linkage between Glc-Glc or Glc-Man (C-type) was the stiffest with mainly one probable conformation; the linkage from Man-Man or Man-Glc (M-type) was similar but with an increased probability for an alternative conformation making it more flexible, and the linkage between two Xyl-units (X-type) was the most flexible with two almost equally populated conformations. Glycosidic linkages of the same type showed essentially the same conformational space in both disaccharides and in the central region of tetrasaccharides. Different probabilities of glycosidic linkage conformations in the backbone of hemicelluloses can be directly estimated from the free energy maps, which to a large degree affect the overall macromolecular conformations of these polymers. The information gained contributes to an increased understanding of hemicelluloses’ function both in the cell wall and in technical products.

  • 10.
    Blasco, Pilar
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Patel, Dhilon S.
    Engström, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Im, Wonpil
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Conformational Dynamics of the Lipopolysaccharide from Escherichia coli O91 Revealed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Molecular Simulations2017In: Biochemistry, ISSN 0006-2960, E-ISSN 1520-4995, Vol. 56, no 29, p. 3826-3839Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The outer leaflet of the outer membrane in Gram-negative bacteria contains lipopolysaccharides (LPS) as a major component, and the outer membrane provides a physical barrier and protection against hostile environments. The enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli of serogroup O91 has an O-antigen polysaccharide (PS) with five sugar residues in the repeating unit (RU), and the herein studied O-antigen PS contains similar to 10 RUs. H-1-C-13 HSQC-NOESY experiments on a 1-C-13-labeled PS were employed to deduce H-1-H-1 cross-relaxation rates and transglycosidic (3)J(CH) related to the psi torsional angles were obtained by H-1-H-1 NOESY experiments. Dynamical parameters were calculated from the molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the PS in solution and compared to those from C-13 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxation studies. Importantly, the MD simulations can reproduce the dynamical behavior of internal correlation times along the PS chain. Two-dimensional free energy surfaces of glycosidic torsion angles delineate the conformational space available to the O-antigen. Although similar with respect to populated states in solution, the O-antigen in LPS bilayers has more extended chains as a result of spatial limitations due to close packing. Calcium ions are highly abundant in the phosphate-containing core region mediating LPS LPS association that is crucial for maintaining bilayer integrity, and the negatively charged O-antigen promotes a high concentration of counterbalancing potassium ions. The ensemble of structures present for the PS in solution is captured by the NMR experiments, and the similarities between the O-antigen on its own and as a constituent of the full LPS in a bilayer environment make it possible to realistically describe the LPS conformation and dynamics from the MD simulations.

  • 11.
    Burkhardt, Anja
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Eriksson, Lars
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical, Inorganic and Structural Chemistry, Department of Structural Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Cumpstey, Ian
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    (Z)-1,2:5,6-di-O-isopropylidene-α-D-ribo-hexofuranos-3-ulose O-benzyloxime2009In: Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, ISSN 1600-5368, E-ISSN 1600-5368, Vol. E65, no Part 3, p. o633-o633Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 12. Casillo, Angela
    et al.
    Ståhle, Jonas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Parrilli, Ermenegilda
    Sannino, Filomena
    Mitchell, Daniel E.
    Pieretti, Giuseppina
    Gibson, Matthew I.
    Marino, Gennaro
    Lanzetta, Rosa
    Parrilli, Michelangelo
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Tutino, Maria L.
    Corsaro, Maria M.
    Structural characterization of an all-aminosugar-containing capsular polysaccharide from Colwellia psychrerythraea 34H2017In: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology, ISSN 0003-6072, E-ISSN 1572-9699, Vol. 110, no 11, p. 1377-1387Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Colwellia psychrerythraea strain 34H, a Gram-negative bacterium isolated from Arctic marine sediments, is considered a model to study the adaptation to cold environments. Recently, we demonstrated that C. psychrerythraea 34H produces two different extracellular polysaccharides, a capsular polysaccharide and a medium released polysaccharide, which confer cryoprotection to the bacterium. In this study, we report the structure of an additional capsular polysaccharide produced by Colwellia grown at a different temperature. The structure was determined using chemical methods, and one- and two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy. The results showed a trisaccharide repeating unit made up of only amino-sugar residues: N-acetyl-galactosamine, 2,4-diacetamido-2,4,6-trideoxy-glucose (bacillosamine), and 2-acetamido-2-deoxyglucuronic acid with the following structure: -> 4)-beta-d-GlcpNAcA-(1 -> 3)-beta-d-QuipNAc4NAc-(1 -> 3)-beta-d-GalpNAc-(1 ->. The 3D model, generated in accordance with H-1,H-1-NOE NMR correlations and consisting of ten repeating units, shows a helical structure. In contrast with the other extracellular polysaccharides produced from Colwellia at 4 A degrees C, this molecule displays only a low ice recrystallization inhibition activity.

  • 13. Castro, Vasco
    et al.
    Dvinskikh, Sergey V.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Sandström, Dick
    Maliniak, Arnold
    NMR studies of membranes composed of glycolipids and phospholipids2007In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Vol. 1768, no -, p. 2432-2437Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 14. Daikoku, S.
    et al.
    Pendrill, Robert
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Kanie, Y.
    Ito, Y.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Kanie, O.
    Synthesis and structural investigation of a series of mannose-containing oligosaccharides using mass spectrometry2018In: Organic and biomolecular chemistry, ISSN 1477-0520, E-ISSN 1477-0539, Vol. 16, no 2, p. 228-238Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A series of compounds associated with naturally occurring and biologically relevant glycans consisting of alpha-mannosides were prepared and analyzed using collision-induced dissociation (CID), energy-resolved mass spectrometry (ERMS), and H-1 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The CID experiments of sodiated species of disaccharides and ERMS experiments revealed that the order of stability of mannosyl linkages was as follows: 6-linked > 4-linked >= 2-linked > 3-linked mannosyl residues. Analysis of linear trisaccharides revealed that the order observed in disaccharides could be applied to higher glycans. A branched trisaccharide showed a distinct dissociation pattern with two constituting disaccharide ions. The estimation of the content of this ion mixture was possible using the disaccharide spectra. The hydrolysis of mannose linkages at 3- and 6-positions in the branched trisaccharide revealed that the 3-linkage was cleaved twice as fast as the 6-linkage. It was observed that the solution-phase hydrolysis and gas-phase dissociation have similar energetics.

  • 15. Daikoku, Shusaku
    et al.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Kanie, Osamu
    Analysis of a series of isomeric oligosaccharides by energy-resolved mass spectrometry: a challenge on homobranched trisaccharides2009In: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, ISSN 0951-4198, E-ISSN 1097-0231, Vol. 23, no 23, p. 3713-3719Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Eklund, Robert
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Lycknert, Kristina
    Söderman, Peter
    Widmalm, Göran
    Söderman,
    A conformational dynamics study of a-L-Rhap-(1-->2)[a-L-Rhap-(1-->3)]-a-L-Rhap-OMe in solution by NMR experiments and molecular simulationsManuscript (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Eklund, Robert
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Roscic, Maja
    Nordmark, Eva-Lisa
    Widmalm, Göran
    Horvat, Stefica
    Stereochemical assignment of diastereomeric imidazolidinone ring containing bicyclic sugar-peptide addects: NMR Spectroscopy and molecular calculations2004In: European Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 1434-193X, no 22, p. 4641-4647Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 18.
    Eklund, Robert
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Molecular dynamics simulations of an oligosaccharide using a force field modified for carbohydrates2003In: Carbohydrate Research, ISSN 0008-6215, Vol. 338, no 5, p. 393-398Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Engström, Olof
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Mobarak, Hani
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Ståhle, Jonas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Conformational Dynamics and Exchange Kinetics of N-Formyl and N-Acetyl Groups Substituting 3-Amino-3,6-dideoxy-alpha-D-galactopyranose, a Sugar Found in Bacterial O-Antigen Polysaccharides2017In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ISSN 1520-6106, E-ISSN 1520-5207, Vol. 121, no 41, p. 9487-9497Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Three dimensional shape and conformation of. carbohydrates are important factors in molecular recognition events and the N-acetyl group of a monosaccharide residue can function as a conformational gatekeeper whereby it influences the overall shape of the oligosaccharide. NMR spectroscopy and quantum mechanics (QM) calculations are used herein to investigate both the conformational preferences and the dynamic behavior of N-acetyl and N-formyl substituents of 3-amino-3,6-dideoxy-alpha-D-galactopyranose, a sugar and substitution pattern found in bacterial O-antigen polysaccharides. QM calculations suggest that the amide oxygen can be involved in hydrogen bonding with the axial OH4 group primarily but also with the equatorial OH2 group. However, an NMR J coupling analysis indicates that the 01 torsion angle, adjacent to the sugar ring, prefers an ap conformation where conformations <180 degrees also are accessible, but does not allow for intramolecular hydrogen bonding. In the formyl-substituted compound (4)J(HH) coupling constants to the exo-cyclic group were detected and analyzed. A van't Hoff analysis revealed that the trans conformation at the amide bond is favored by Delta G degrees approximate to - 0.8 kcal.mol(-1) in the formyl-containing compound and with Delta G degrees approximate to -2.5 kcal.mol(-1) when the N-acetyl group is the substituent. In both cases the enthalpic term dominates to the free energy, irrespective of water or DMSO as solvent, with only a small contribution from the entropic term. The cis-trans isomerization of the theta(2) torsion angle, centered at the amide bond, was also investigated by employing H-1 NMR line shape analysis and C-13 NMR saturation transfer experiments. The extracted transition rate constants were utilized to calculate transition energy barriers that were found to be about 20 kcal.mol(-1) in both DMSO-d(6) and D2O. Enthalpy had a higher contribution to the energy barriers in DMSO-d(6) compared to in D2O, where entropy compensated for the loss of enthalpy.

  • 20.
    Eriksson, Lars
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical, Inorganic and Structural Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Methyl 3-O-alpha-D-mannopyranosyl beta-D-glucopyranoside tetrahydrate2008In: Acta Crystallographica Section E, ISSN 1600-5368, Vol. E64, no 8, p. o1639-o1640Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 21.
    Eriksson, Lars
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Methyl 3-O-alpha-L-fucopyranosyl alpha-D-galactopyranoside: a synchrotron study2012In: Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, ISSN 1600-5368, E-ISSN 1600-5368, Vol. 68, p. o528-U1770Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The title compound, C13H24O10 is the methyl glycoside of a structural element alpha-L-Fucp-(1 -> 3)-alpha-D-Galp making up two thirds of the repeating unit in the capsular polysaccharide of Klebsiella K63. The conformation of the title compound is described by the glycosidic torsion angles phi(H) = 55 (1)degrees and psi H = -24 (1)degrees. The hydroxymethyl group in the galactose residue is present in the gauche-trans conformation. In the crystal, O-H center dot center dot center dot O hydrogen bonds connect the disaccharide units into chains along the a-axis direction and further hydrogen bonds cross-link the chains.

  • 22.
    Eriksson, Lars
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Methyl 3-O-α-l-fucopyranosyl β-d-glucopyranoside tetrahydrate2012In: Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, ISSN 1600-5368, E-ISSN 1600-5368, Vol. 68, p. o3180-o3181Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The title compound, C13H24O10·4H2O, is the methyl glycoside of a disaccharide structural element present in the backbone of the capsular polysaccharide from Klebsiella K1, which contains only three sugars and a substituent in the polysaccharide repeating unit. The conformation of the title disaccharide is described by the glycosidic torsion angles ϕH = 51.1 (1)° and ψH = 25.8 (1)°. In the crystal, a number of O—HO hydrogen bonds link the methyl glycoside and water mol­ecules, forming a three-dimensional network. One water mol­ecule is disordered over two positions with occupancies of 0.748 (4) and 0.252 (4).

  • 23. Eriksson, Lars
    et al.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Methyl α-l-rhamnosyl-(1→2)[α-l-rhamnosyl-(1→3)]-α-l-rhamnoside penta­hydrate: synchrotron study2012In: Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, ISSN 1600-5368, E-ISSN 1600-5368, Vol. 68, no 7, p. o2221-o2222Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The title hydrate, C19H34O13·5H2O, contains a vicinally disubstituted tris­accharide in which the two terminal rhamnosyl sugar groups are positioned adjacent to each other. The conformation of the tris­accharide is described by the glycosidic torsion angles ϕ2 = 48 (1)°, ψ2 = −29 (1)°, ϕ3 = 44 (1)° and ψ3 = 4 (1)°, whereas the ψ2 torsion angle represents a conformation from the major state in solution, the ψ3 torsion angle conformation may have been caught near a potential energy saddle-point when compared to its solution structure, in which at least two but probably three conformational states are populated. Extensive inter­molecular O—HO hydrogen bonding is present in the crystal and a water-containing channel is formed along the b-axis direction.

  • 24.
    Fontana, Carolina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Conde-Alvarez, Raquel
    Ståhle, Jonas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Holst, Otto
    Iriarte, Maite
    Zhao, Yun
    Arce-Gorvel, Vilma
    Hanniffy, Sean
    Gorvel, Jean-Pierre
    Moriyon, Ignacio
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structural Studies of Lipopolysaccharide-defective Mutants from Brucella melitensis Identify a Core Oligosaccharide Critical in Virulence2016In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, ISSN 0021-9258, E-ISSN 1083-351X, Vol. 291, no 14, p. 7727-7741Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The structures of the lipooligosaccharides from Brucella melitensis mutants affected in the WbkD and ManB(core) proteins have been fully characterized using NMR spectroscopy. The results revealed that disruption of wbkD gives rise to a rough lipopolysaccharide (R-LPS) with a complete core structure (beta-D-Glcp-(1 -> 4)-alpha-Kdop-(2 -> 4)[beta-D-GlcpN-(1 -> 6)-beta-D-GlcpN-(1 -> 4)[beta-D-GlcpN-(1 -> 6)]-beta-D-GlcpN-(1 -> 3)-alpha-D-Manp-(1 -> 5)]-alpha-Kdop-(2 -> 6)-beta-D-GlcpN3N4P-(1 -> 6)-alpha-D-GlcpN3N1P), in addition to components lacking one of the terminal beta-D-GlcpN and/or the beta-D-Glcp residues (48 and 17%, respectively). These structures were identical to those of the R-LPS from B. melitensis EP, a strain simultaneously expressing both smooth and R-LPS, also studied herein. In contrast, disruption of man-B-core gives rise to a deep-rough pentasaccharide core (beta-D-Glcp-(1 -> 4)-alpha-Kdop-(2 -> 4)-alpha-Kdop-(2 -> 6)-beta-D-GlcpN3N4P-(1 -> 6)-alpha-D-GlcpN3N1P) as the major component (63%), as well as a minor tetrasaccharide component lacking the terminal beta-D-Glcp residue (37%). These results are in agreement with the predicted functions of the WbkD (glycosyltransferase involved in the biosynthesis of the O-antigen) and ManB(core) proteins (phosphomannomutase involved in the biosynthesis of a mannosyl precursor needed for the biosynthesis of the core and O-antigen). We also report that deletion of B. melitensis wadC removes the core oligosaccharide branch not linked to the O-antigen causing an increase in overall negative charge of the remaining LPS inner section. This is in agreement with the mannosyltransferase role predicted for WadC and the lack of GlcpN residues in the defective core oligosaccharide. Despite carrying the O-antigen essential in B. melitensis virulence, the core deficiency in the wadC mutant structure resulted in a more efficient detection by innate immunity and attenuation, proving the role of the beta-D-GlcpN-(1 -> 6)-beta-D-GlcpN-(1 -> 4)[beta-D-GlcpN-(1 -> 6)]-beta-D-GlcpN-(1 -> 3)-alpha-D-Manp-(1 -> 5) structure in virulence.

  • 25.
    Fontana, Carolina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Holst, Otto
    Moriyón, Ignacio
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structural studies of the rough lipopolysaccharides of Brucella melitensis mutants affected in the biosynthesis of the core and O-antigen polysaccharideManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Fontana, Carolina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Lundborg, Magnus
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Weintraub, Andrej
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structural studies and biosynthetic aspects of the o antigen polysaccharide from Escherichia coli o1742012In: Carbohydrate Research, ISSN 0008-6215, E-ISSN 1873-426X, Vol. 354, p. 102-105Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The structure of the repeating unit of the O-antigenic polysaccharide (PS) from Escherichia coli O174 has been determined. Component analysis together with H-1 and C-13 NMR spectroscopy experiments were employed to elucidate the structure. Inter-residue correlations were determined by H-1, C-13-heteronuclear multiple-bond correlation and H-1, H-1-NOESY experiments. The PS is composed of tetrasaccharide repeating units with the following structure: -> 4)-beta-D-GlcpA-(1 -> 3)-beta-D-Galp-(1 -> 3)-beta-D-GalpNAc-(1 -> vertical bar beta-D-GlcpNAc-(1 -> 2) Cross-peaks of low intensity were present in the NMR spectra consistent with a beta-D-GlcpNAc-(1 -> 2)-beta-D-GlcpA(1 -> structural element at the terminal part of the polysaccharide, which on average is composed of similar to 15 repeating units. Consequently the biological repeating unit has a 3-substituted N-acetyl-D-galactosamine residue at its reducing end.

  • 27.
    Fontana, Carolina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Ramström, Kristoffer
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Weintraub, Andrej
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structural studies of the O-antigen polysaccharide from Escherichia coli O115 and biosynthetic aspects thereof2013In: Glycobiology, ISSN 0959-6658, E-ISSN 1460-2423, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 354-362Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The structure of the O-antigen polysaccharide (PS) of Escherichia coliO115 has been investigated using a combination of component analysis and 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy experiments. The repeating unit of the O-antigen was elucidated using the O-deacetylated PS and has the following branched pentasaccharide structure: →3)[β-L-Rhap-(1 → 4)]-β-D-GlcpNAc-(1 → 4)-α-D-GalpA-(1 → 3)-α-D-Manp-(1 → 3)-β-D-GlcpNAc-(1→. Cross-peaks of low intensity, corresponding to a β-L-Rhap-(1 → 4)-β-D-GlcpNAc-(1→ structural element, were present in the NMR spectra and attributed to the terminal part of the PS; this information defines the biological repeating unit of the O-antigen by having a 3-substituted N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (GlcNAc) residue at its reducing end. Analysis of the NMR spectra of the native PS revealed O-acetyl groups distributed over different positions of theL-Rhap residue (∼0.70 per repeating unit) as well as at O-2 and O-3 of the D-GalpA residue (∼0.03 and ∼0.25 per repeating unit, respectively), which is in agreement with the presence of two acetyltransferases previously identified in the O-antigen gene cluster (Wang Q, Ruan X, Wei D, Hu Z, Wu L, Yu T, Feng L, Wang L. 2010. Mol Cell Probes. 24:286–290.). In addition, the four glycosyltransferases initially identified in the O-antigen gene cluster of E. coli O115 were analyzed using BLAST, and the function of two of them predicted on the basis of similarities with glycosyltransferases from Shigella dysenteriae type 5 and 12, as well as E. coli O58 and O152.

  • 28.
    Fontana, Carolina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Zaccheus, Mona
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Weintraub, Andrej
    Ansaruzzaman, Mohammad
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structural studies of a polysaccharide from Vibrio parahaemolyticus strain AN-160002016In: Carbohydrate Research, ISSN 0008-6215, E-ISSN 1873-426X, Vol. 432, p. 41-49Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The structure of a polysaccharide from Vibrio parahaemolyticus strain AN-16000 has been investigated. The sugar and absolute configuration analysis revealed D-Glc, D-GalN, D-QuiN and L-FucN as major components. The PS was subjected to dephosphorylation with aqueous 40% HF to obtain an oligosaccharide that was analyzed by H-1 and C-13 NMR spectroscopy. The HR-MS spectrum of the oligosaccharide revealed a pentasaccharide composed of two Glc residues, one QuiNAc and one GalNAc, one FucNAc, as well as a glycerol moiety. The structure of the PS was determined using H-1, C-13, N-15 and P-31 NMR spectroscopy; inter-residue correlations were identified by H-1, C-13-heteronuclear multiple-bond correlation, H-1, H-1-NOESY and H-1, P-31-hetero-TOCSY experiments. The PS backbone has the following teichoic acid-like structure: -> 3)-D-Gro-(1-P-6)-beta-D-Glcp-(1 -> 4)-alpha-L-FucpNAc-(1 -> 3)-beta-D-QuipNAc-(1 -> with a side-chain consisting of alpha-D-Glcp-(1 -> 6)-alpha-D-GalpNAc-(1 -> linked to the O3 position of the FucNAc residue.

  • 29. Foster, R. A.
    et al.
    Carlin, N. I. A.
    Majcher, M.
    Tabor, H.
    Ng, L.-K.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structural elucidation of the O-antigen of the Shigella flexneri provisionalserotype 88-893: structural and serological similarities with S. flexneri provisional serotype Y394 (1c)2011In: Carbohydrate Research, ISSN 0008-6215, E-ISSN 1873-426X, Vol. 346, no 6, p. 872-876Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The structure of the repeating unit of the O-antigen polysaccharide from Shigella flexneri provisional serotype 88-893 has been determined. 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy as well as 2D NMR experiments were employed to elucidate the structure. The carbohydrate part of the hexasaccharide repeating unit is identical to the previously elucidated structure of the O-polysaccharide from S. flexneri prov. serotype Y394. The O-antigen of S. flexneri prov. serotype 88-893 carries 0.7 mol O-acetyl group per repeating unit located at O-2 of the 3-substituted rhamnosyl residue, as identified by H2BC and BS-CT-HMBC NMR experiments. The O-antigen polysaccharide is composed of hexasaccharide repeating units with the following structure: →2)-α-l-Rhap-(1→2)-α-l-Rhap-(1→3)-α-l-Rhap2Ac-(1→3)[α-d-Glcp-(1→2)-α-d-Glcp-(1→4)]-β-d-GlcpNAc-(1→. Serological studies showed that type antigens for the two provisional serotypes are identical; in addition 88-893 expresses S. flexneri group factor 6 antigen. We propose that provisional serotypes Y394 and 88-893 be designated as two new serotypes 7a and 7b, respectively, in the S. flexneri typing scheme.

  • 30.
    Färnbäck, Magnus
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Eriksson, Lars
    Department of Physical, Inorganic and Structural Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Methyl 2-O-beta-L-fucopyranosyl alpha-D-glucopyranoside monohydrate: a synchrotron study2008In: Acta Crystallographica Section C, ISSN 0108-2701, Vol. 64, no 2, p. o31-o32Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 31.
    Färnbäck, Magnus
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Söderman, Peter
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Eriksson, Lars
    Department of Physical, Inorganic and Structural Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Methyl 3,4,6-tri-O-acetyl-2-deoxy-2-azido-alpha-D-galactopyranosyl-(1-2)-: [3,4,6-tri-O-acetyl-2-deoxy-2-phthalimido-beta-D-glucopyranosyl-(1-3)]-4-O-benzoyl-alpha-L-rhamnopyranoside n-hexane 0.1-solvate2007In: Acta Crystallographica: Section E, Vol. E63, p. o1581-o1583Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 32.
    Fång, Johan
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Chemistry.
    Eriksson, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Chemistry.
    Bergman, Åke
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Separation and NMR characterisation of Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)2007In: Svensk-norsk miljökjemisk vintermöte: Dr. Holms Hotell, Geilo, 2007, p. 34-Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 33. Godefroid, Marie
    et al.
    Svensson, Mona V
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Cambier, Pierre
    Uzureau, Sophie
    Mirabella, Aurélie
    De Bolle, Xavier
    Van Cutsem, Pierre
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Letesson, Jean-Jacques
    Brucella melitensis 16M produces a mannan and other extracellular matrix components typical of a biofilm2010In: FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology, ISSN 0928-8244, E-ISSN 1574-695X, Vol. 59, no 3, p. 364-377Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 34. González, David
    et al.
    Grilló, María-Jesús
    De Miguel, María-Jesús
    Ali, Tara
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Arce-Gorvel, Vilma
    Delrue, Rose-May
    Conde-Álvarez, Raquel
    Munoz, Pilar
    López-Goni, Ignacio
    Iriarte, Maite
    Marín, Clara-M.
    Weintraub, Andrej
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Zygmunt, Michel
    Letesson, Jean-Jacques
    Gorvel, Jean-Pierre
    Blasco, José-María
    Moriyón, Ignacio
    Brucellosis vaccines: assessment of Brucella melitensis lipopolysaccharide rough mutants defective in core and O-polysaccharide synthesis and export2008In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 3, no 7, p. e2760 (1-15)Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 35. Goulart, Paula N.
    et al.
    da Silva, Clarissa O.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    The importance of orientation of exocyclic groups in a naphthoxyloside: A specific rotation calculation study2017In: Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry, ISSN 0894-3230, E-ISSN 1099-1395, Vol. 30, no 12, article id e3708Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    2-Naphthyl -d-xylopyranoside (XylNap) inhibits -1,4-galactosyltransferase 7 (4GalT7) and thereby growth of tumor cells both in vitro and in vivo. The binding pocket of 4GalT7 has a defined orientation of hydrogen bond acceptors and hydrophobic moiety. Knowing the orientation of the hydroxyl and naphthyl groups of this molecule would help in the development of more efficient inhibitors. In this work, we have tried, for the first time, to determine the exocyclic hydroxyl and aglycon groups orientation of XylNap, using ab initio descriptions, and calculation of the specific rotation values, in methanol solutions, using 2 different solvent descriptions: a dielectric continuum approach (polarizable continuum model [PCM]) and a microsolvated+continuum approach (MS+PCM). In the PCM approach, [](D)=-59 deg/(dm(g/cm(3))) whereas for the MS+PCM approach [](D)=-29 deg/(dm(g/cm(3))). The latter is in excellent agreement with the experimentally determined value in methanol solution, viz, [](D)=-30 deg/(dm(g/cm(3))). This agreement allows us to say that the hydroxyl groups have similar orientations in xylose and XylNap, and the naphthyl group has a very well-defined dihedral angle value in the most abundant conformations.

  • 36.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Berntsson, Ronnie P. -A.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Masuyer, Geoffrey
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Henriksson, Linda M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Gustafsson, Robert
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Stenmark, Pål
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Glycans Confer Specificity to the Recognition of Ganglioside Receptors by Botulinum Neurotoxin A2017In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, ISSN 0002-7863, E-ISSN 1520-5126, Vol. 139, no 1, p. 218-230Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

  • 37.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Berntsson, Ronnie Per-Arne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Gustafsson, Robert
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Svensson, Linda M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Stenmark, Pål
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Recognition of Ganglioside Receptors by Botulinum Neurotoxin AManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Landström, Jens
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Eriksson, Lars
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Ethyl 3,6-di-O-benzyl-2-deoxy-N-phthalimido-1-thio-β-D-glucopyranoside2010In: Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, ISSN 1600-5368, E-ISSN 1600-5368, Vol. E66, p. o3250-o3251Article in journal (Refereed)
    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

  • 39.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Landström, Jens
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Eriksson, Lars
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Ethyl 4,6-O-benzylidene-2-deoxy-N-phthalimido-1-thio-β-D-glucopyranoside2010In: Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, ISSN 1600-5368, E-ISSN 1600-5368, Vol. E66, p. o3249-Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 40. Hatcher, Elizabeth
    et al.
    Säwén, Elin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    MacKerell, Jr., Alexander D.
    Conformational properties of methyl β-maltoside and methyl α- and β-cellobioside disaccharides2011In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ISSN 1520-6106, E-ISSN 1520-5207, Vol. 115, no 3, p. 597-608Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An investigation of the conformational properties of methyl β-maltoside, methyl α-cellobioside, and methyl β-cellobioside disaccharides using NMR spectroscopy and molecular dynamics (MD) techniques, is presented. Emphasis is placed on validation of a recently presented force field for hexopyranose disaccharides followed by elucidation of the conformational properties of two different types of glycosidic linkages, α-(1 → 4) and β-(1 → 4). Both gas-phase and aqueous-phase simulations are performed to gain insight into the effect of solvent on the conformational properties. A number of transglycosidic J-coupling constants and proton−proton distances are calculated from the simulations and are used to identify the percent sampling of the three glycosidic conformations (syn, anti-, and anti-ψ) and, in turn, describe the flexibility around the glycosidic linkage. The results show the force field to be in overall good agreement with experiment, although some very small limitations are evident. Subsequently, a thorough hydrogen bonding analysis is performed to obtain insights into the conformational properties of the disaccharides. In methyl β-maltoside, competition between HO2′−O3 intramolecular hydrogen bonding and intermolecular hydrogen bonding of those groups with solvent leads to increased sampling of syn, anti-, and anti-ψ conformations and better agreement with NMR J-coupling constants. In methyl α- and β-cellobioside, O5′−HO6 and HO2′−O3 hydrogen bonding interactions are in competition with intermolecular hydrogen bonding involving the solvent molecules. This competition leads to retention of the O5′−HO3 hydrogen bond and increased sampling of the syn region of the /ψ map. Moreover, glycosidic torsions are correlated to the intramolecular hydrogen bonding occurring in the molecules. The present results verify that in the β-(1 → 4)-linkage intramolecular hydrogen bonding in the aqueous phase is due to the decreased ability of water to successfully compete for the O5′ and HO3 hydrogen bonding moieties, in contrast to that occurring between the O5′ and HO6 atoms in this α-(1 → 4)-linkage.

  • 41. Jakhetia, Richa
    et al.
    Marri, Aruna
    Ståhle, Jonas
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Verma, Naresh K.
    Serotype-conversion in Shigella flexneri: identification of a novel bacteriophage, Sf101, from a serotype 7a strain2014In: BMC Genomics, ISSN 1471-2164, E-ISSN 1471-2164, Vol. 15, p. 742-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Shigella flexneri is the major cause of bacillary dysentery in the developing countries. The lipopolysaccharide (LPS) O-antigen of S. flexneri plays an important role in its pathogenesis and also divides S. flexneri into 19 serotypes. All the serotypes with an exception for serotype 6 share a common O-antigen backbone comprising of N-acetylglucosamine and three rhamnose residues. Different serotypes result from modification of the basic backbone conferred by phage-encoded glucosyltransferase and/or acetyltransferase genes, or plasmid-encoded phosphoethanolamine transferase. Recently, a new site for O-acetylation at positions 3 and 4 of Rha(III), in serotypes 1a, 1b, 2a, 5a and Y was shown to be mediated by the oacB gene. Additionally, this gene was shown to be carried by a transposon-like structure inserted upstream of the adrA region on the chromosome. Results: In this study, a novel bacteriophage Sf101, encoding the oacB gene was isolated and characterised from a serotype 7a strain. The complete sequence of its 38,742 bp genome encoding 66 open reading frames (orfs) was determined. Comparative analysis revealed that phage Sf101 has a mosaic genome, and most of its proteins were >90% identical to the proteins from 12 previously characterised lambdoid phages. In addition, the organisation of Sf101 genes was found to be highly similar to bacteriophage Sf6. Analysis of the Sf101 OacB identified two amino acid substitutions in the protein; however, results obtained by NMR spectroscopy confirmed that Sf101-OacB was functional. Inspection of the chromosomal integration site of Sf101 phage revealed that this phage integrates in the sbcB locus, thus unveiling a new site for integration of serotype-converting phages of S. flexneri, and determining an alternative location of oacB gene in the chromosome. Furthermore, this study identified oacB gene in several serotype 7a isolates from various regions providing evidence of O-acetyl modification in serotype 7a. Conclusions: This is the first report on the isolation of bacteriophage Sf101 which contains the S. flexneri O-antigen modification gene oacB. Sf101 has a highly mosaic genome and was found to integrate in the sbcB locus. These findings contribute an advance in our current knowledge of serotype converting phages of S. flexneri.

  • 42.
    Jansson, Jennie L. M.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Maliniak, Arnold
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical, Inorganic and Structural Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Conformational Dynamics of Oligosaccharides: NMR Techniques and Computer Simulations2006In: NMR Spectroscopy and Computer Modeling of Carbohydrates: Recent Advances / [ed] Johannes F. G Vliegenthar & Robert J. Woods, American Chemical Society (ACS), 2006, p. 20-39Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    NMR spectroscopy techniques in conjunction with molecular dynamics simulations facilitate description of conformation and dynamics of oligosaccharides in solution. Herein we describe approaches based on hetero-nuclear carbon-proton spin-spin coupling constants useful for assessing conformational preferences at the glycosidic linkage, exemplified for á-cyclodextrin. Furthermore, we utilize hetero-nuclear carbon-proton residual dipolar couplings together with molecular dynamics simulations in the analysis of the conformational dynamics of the milk oligosaccharide Lacto-N-neotetraose.

  • 43. Jo, Sunhwan
    et al.
    Myatt, Daniel
    Qi, Yifei
    Doutch, James
    Clifton, Luke A.
    Im, Wonpil
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Multiple Conformational States Contribute to the 3D Structure of a Glucan Decasaccharide: A Combined SAXS and MD Simulation Study2018In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ISSN 1520-6106, E-ISSN 1520-5207, Vol. 122, no 3, p. 1169-1175Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The inherent flexibility of carbohydrates is dependent on stereochemical arrangements, and characterization of their influence and importance will give insight into the three-dimensional structure and dynamics. In this study, a beta-(1 -> 4)/beta-(1 -> 3)-linked glucosyl decasaccharide is experimentally investigated by synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering from which its radius of gyration (R-g) is obtained. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the decasaccharide show four populated states at each glycosidic linkage, namely, syn- and anti-conformations. The calculated R-g values from the MD simulation reveal that in addition to syn-conformers the presence of anti-psi conformational states is required to reproduce experimental scattering data, unveiling inherent glycosidic linkage flexibility. The CHARMM36 force field for carbohydrates thus describes the conformational flexibility of the decasaccharide very well and captures the conceptual importance that anti-conformers are to be anticipated at glycosidic linkages of carbohydrates.

  • 44. Johannessen, Christian
    et al.
    Pendrill, Robert
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Hecht, Lutz
    Barron, Laurence D.
    Glycan structure of a high-mannose glycoprotein from Raman optical activity2011In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ISSN 1433-7851, E-ISSN 1521-3773, Vol. 50, no 23, p. 5349-5351Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A revealing signature: The glycan structure of intact yeast external invertase, a high-mannose glycoprotein used as biocatalyst, was investigated by using Raman optical activity (ROA) spectroscopy. The conformational preferences present in mannose-containing di- and trisaccharides were found to be preserved in the glycan chains, with secondary polpeptide backbone structure suppressed.

  • 45.
    Jonsson, Hanna
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Säwén, Elin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Studies on the conformational flexibility of α-L-Rhap-(1→2)-α-L-Rhap-OMe using molecular simulation and 13C-site-specific labeling: a model for a commonly occurring disaccharide in bacterial polysaccharidesManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Bacterial polysaccharides are comprised of a variety of monosaccharides, L-rhamnose (6-deoxy-Lmannose) being one of them. This sugar is often part of α-(1→2)- and/or α-(1→3)-linkages and wehave therefore studied the disaccharide α-L-Rhap-(1→2)-α-L-Rhap-OMe to obtain information onconformational preferences at this glycosidic linkage. The target disaccharide was synthesized with 13C site-specific labeling at C1' and at C2', i.e., in the terminal group. 2D 1H,13C-HSQC-HECADE and 1H,13C-J-HMBC NMR experiments, 1D 13C and 1H NMR spectra together with total line-shape analysis were used to extract conformationally dependent hetero- and homonuclear spin-spincoupling constants. This resulted in the determination of 2JC2',H1' , 3JC1',C1 , 3JC1',C3 , 3JC2',C2 , 2JC1',C2 ,1JC1',C2' , and 1JC1',H1' . These data together with previously determined JC,H and 1H,1H NOEs result in fourteen conformationally dependent NMR parameters that are available for analysis of glycosidiclinkage flexibility and conformational preferences. A molecular dynamics simulation of the disaccharide with explicit water molecules as solvent showed a major conformational state at ΦH =40° and ψH = –35°, consistent with experimental NMR data.

  • 46.
    Jonsson, Hanna
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    NMR analysis of conformationally dependent nJCH and nJCC in the trisaccharide α-L-Rhap-(1→2)[α-L-Rhap-(1→3)]-α-L-Rhap-OMe and a site-specifically labeled isotopologue thereofManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    An array of NMR spectroscopy experiments have been carried out to obtain conformationallydependent 1H,13C- and 13C,13C-spin-spin coupling constants in the trisaccharide a-L-Rhap-(1®2)[a-LRhap-(1®3)]-a-L-Rhap-OMe. The trisaccharide was synthesized with 13C site-specific labeling at C2'and C2'', i.e., in the rhamnosyl groups in order to alleviate 1H spectral overlap. Using both the naturalabundance compound and the 13C-labeled sample 2D 1H,13C-J-HMBC and 1H,13C-HSQC-HECADENMR experiments, total line-shape analysis of 1H NMR spectra and 1D 13C NMR experiments wereemployed to extract 3C,H J , 2C,H J , 3C,C J , and1C,C J . The 13C site-specific labeling facilitates straightforward determination of nC,C J as the splitting of the 13C natural abundance resonances. This studyresulted in seven conformationally dependent coupling constants for the trisaccharide and illustrates theuse of 13C site-specific labeling as a valuable tool that extends the 1D and 2D NMR methods in currentuse to attain both hetero- and homonuclear spin-spin coupling constants.

  • 47.
    Jonsson, K. Hanna M.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Eriksson, Lars
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical, Inorganic and Structural Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Methyl 4-O-benzoyl-2,3-O-isopropylidene-a-L-rhamnopyranoside2006In: Acta Crystallographica Section C: Crystal Structure Communications, ISSN 0108-2701, E-ISSN 1600-5759, Vol. 62, no 8, p. o447-o449Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The title compound, C17H22O6, having an ester group at O4 of the hexopyranosyl sugar residue shows for the exo-cyclic C=O bond a conformation that is eclipsed to the C4-H4 bond. The two related torsion angles are denoted by syn and cis conformations. The q1 torsion angle (H4-C4-O4-C10) is indicated to have a similar conformation in solution as analyzed by NMR spectroscopy and a Karplus-type relationship.

  • 48.
    Jonsson, K. Hanna M.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Pendrill, Robert
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    NMR analysis of conformationally dependent nJC,H and nJC,C in the trisaccharide α-L-Rhap-(1→2)[α-L-Rhap-(1→3)]-α-L-Rhap-OMe and a site-specifically labeled isotopologue thereof2011In: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, ISSN 0749-1581, E-ISSN 1097-458X, Vol. 49, no 3, p. 117-124Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An array of NMR spectroscopy experiments have been carried out to obtain conformationally dependent 1H,13C- and 13C,13C-spin–spin coupling constants in the trisaccharide α-L-Rhap-(1 → 2)[α-L-Rhap-(1 → 3)]-α-L-Rhap-OMe. The trisaccharide was synthesized with 13C site-specific labeling at C2′ and C2″, i.e. in the rhamnosyl groups in order to alleviate 1H spectral overlap. This facilitated the measurement of a key trans-glycosidic proton–proton cross-relaxation rate using 1D 1H,1H-T-ROESY experiments as well as a 3JC, H coupling employing 1D 1H,13C-long-range experiments, devoid of potential interference from additional J coupling. By means of both the natural abundance compound and the 13C-labeled sample 2D 1H,13C-J-HMBC and 1H,13C-HSQC-HECADE NMR experiments, total line-shape analysis of 1H NMR spectra and 1D 13C NMR experiments were employed to extract 3JC, H, 2JC, H, 3JC, C, and 1JC, C coupling constants. The 13C site-specific labeling facilitates straightforward determination of nJC, C as the splitting of the 13C natural abundance resonances. This study resulted in eight conformationally dependent coupling constants for the trisaccharide and illustrates the use of 13C site-specific labeling as a valuable approach that extends the 1D and 2D NMR methods in current use to attain both hetero- and homonuclear spin–spin coupling constants that subsequently can be utilized for conformational analysis.

  • 49.
    Jonsson, K. Hanna M.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Säwén, Elin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Studies on the conformational flexibility of alpha-L-rhamnose-containing oligosaccharides using C-13-site-specific labeling, NMR spectroscopy and molecular simulations: implications for the three-dimensional structure of bacterial rhamnan polysaccharides2012In: Organic and biomolecular chemistry, ISSN 1477-0520, E-ISSN 1477-0539, Vol. 10, no 12, p. 2453-2463Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Bacterial polysaccharides are comprised of a variety of monosaccharides, L-rhamnose (6-deoxy-L-mannose) being one of them. This sugar is often part of alpha-(1 -> 2)- and/or alpha-(1 -> 3)-linkages and we have therefore studied the disaccharide alpha-L-Rhap-(1 -> 2)-alpha-L-Rhap-OMe to obtain information on conformational preferences at this glycosidic linkage. The target disaccharide was synthesized with C-13 site-specific labeling at C1' and at C2', i.e., in the terminal group. 2D H-1, C-13-HSQC-HECADE and H-1, C-13-J-HMBC NMR experiments, 1D C-13 and H-1 NMR spectra together with total line-shape analysis were used to extract conformationally dependent hetero- and homonuclear spin-spin coupling constants. This resulted in the determination of (2)JC(2',H1'), (3)J(C1',C1), (3)J(C1',C3), (3)J(C2',C2), (2)J(C1',C2), (1)JC(1',C2'), and (1)J(C1',H1'). These data together with previously determined J(CH) and H-1, H-1 NOEs result in fourteen conformationally dependent NMR parameters that are available for analysis of glycosidic linkage flexibility and conformational preferences. A 100 ns molecular dynamics (MD) simulation of the disaccharide with explicit water molecules as solvent showed a major conformational state at phi(H) approximate to 40 degrees and psi(H) approximate to -35 degrees, consistent with experimental NMR data. In addition, MD simulations were carried out also for alpha-L-Rhap-(1 -> 3)-alpha-L-Rhap-OMe and a rhamnan hexasaccharide. The gathered information on the oligosaccharides was used to address conformational preferences for a larger structure, a 2- and 3-linked nonasaccharide, with implications for the 3D structure of rhamnan polysaccharides, which should be regarded as flexible polymers.

  • 50.
    Jonsson, K. Hanna M.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Weintraub, Andrej
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structural determination of the O-antigenic polysaccharide from Escherichia coli O742009In: Carbohydrate Research, ISSN 0008-6215, E-ISSN 1873-426X, Vol. 344, no 12, p. 1592-1595Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The structure of the O-antigen polysaccharide (PS) from Escherichia coli O74 has been determined. Component analysis, together with 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy as well as 1H,15N-HSQC experiments were employed to elucidate the structure. Inter-residue correlations were determined by 1H,1H-NOESY and 1H,13C-heteronuclear multiple-bond correlation experiments. The PS is composed of tetrasaccharide repeating units with the following structure:

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    Cross-peaks of low intensity from an α-linked N-acetylglucosamine residue were present in the NMR spectra, and spectral analysis indicates that they originate from the penultimate residue in the polysaccharide. Consequently, the biological repeating unit has a 3-substituted N-acetyl-d-glucosamine residue at its reducing end. The 1H, 13C and 15N NMR chemical shifts of the α- and β-anomeric forms of d-Fucp3NAc are also reported. The repeating unit of the E. coli O74 O-antigen is identical to that of the capsular polysaccharide from E. coli K45.

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