Hing-Ken Lee

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Human antibody 2G12 neutralizes a broad range of HIV-1 isolates. Hence, molecular characterization of its epitope, which corresponds to a conserved cluster of oligomannoses on the viral envelope glycoprotein gp120, is a high priority in HIV vaccine design. A prior crystal structure of 2G12 in complex with Man(9)GlcNAc(2) highlighted the central importance(More)
The glycan shield of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) gp120 contributes to viral evasion from humoral immune responses. However, the shield is recognized by the HIV-1 broadly neutralizing antibody (Ab), 2G12, at a relatively conserved cluster of oligomannose glycans. The discovery of 2G12 raises the possibility that a carbohydrate immunogen may(More)
A covalent array for the display of complex oligosaccharides in microtiter plates has been developed. This strategy is conducive to the display of carbohydrates to proteins of interest such as lectins and antibodies, including the broadly neutralizing antibody 2G12 against HIV envelope oligomannose and can be cleaved from the surface for further(More)
The total synthesis of the sialic acid-containing antigenic epitope fucose GM(1) (Fuc-GM(1)) by an improved reactivity-based one-pot synthetic strategy is reported. Based on a thioglycoside reactivity database, three saccharide building blocks, 3, 4, and 5, were designed and prepared to incorporate a descending order of reactivity toward thiophilic(More)
Plakortone B is a naturally occurring bicyclic[3.3.0]furanolactone compound with attractive bioactivities. Although the relative configuration of plakortone B's central core had been established by NMR spectroscopic methods, the absolute configuration of its four stereocenters remained unknown. In the present paper, all four possible isomers of plakortone B(More)
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