Markus Blaukopf

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Unique to Gram-positive bacteria, wall teichoic acids are anionic glycopolymers cross-stitched to a thick layer of peptidoglycan. The polyol phosphate subunits of these glycopolymers are decorated with GlcNAc sugars that are involved in phage binding, genetic exchange, host antibody response, resistance, and virulence. The search for the enzymes responsible(More)
CAZy glycoside hydrolase family GH3 consists primarily of stereochemistry-retaining β-glucosidases but also contains a subfamily of β-N-acetylglucosaminidases. Enzymes from this subfamily were recently shown to use a histidine residue within a His-Asp dyad contained in a signature sequence as their catalytic acid/base residue. Reasons for their use of His(More)
Western redcedar (WRC; Thuja plicata) produces high amounts of oxygenated thujone monoterpenoids associated with resistance against herbivore feeding, particularly ungulate browsing. Thujones and other monoterpenoids accumulate in glandular structures in the foliage of WRC. Thujones are produced from (+)-sabinene by sabinol and sabinone. Using metabolite(More)
Disaccharides that contain 3-deoxy-D-manno-oct-2-ulosonic acid (Kdo) and D-glycero-D-talo-oct-2-ulosonic acid (Ko) substituted at the 8-position by 4-amino-4-deoxy-β-L-arabinopyranosyl (Ara4N) residues have been prepared. Coupling an N-phenyltrifluoroacetimidate-4-azido-4-deoxy-L-arabinosylglycosyl donor to acetyl-protected allyl glycosides of Kdo and Ko(More)
ABSTRACT Phosphoethanolamine derivatives of the bacterial saccharide l-glycero-d-manno-heptose have been prepared using a phosphoramidite-based coupling reaction at position 4 of a side-chain-protected 2,3-O-orthoester methyl heptoside and at position 3 of a 3,4-diol heptoside, respectively. Global deprotection afforded the corresponding(More)
Attachment of 4-amino-4-deoxy-l-arabinose to phosphates or sugar hydroxyl groups of lipopolysaccharide contributes to bacterial resistance against common antibiotics. For a detailed study of antigenic properties and binding interactions, Ara4N-containing inner core ligands related to Burkholderia and Proteus LPS have been synthesized in good yields.(More)
Methyl 4-azido-4-deoxy-β-L-arabinopyranoside has been synthesized in five steps starting from methyl β-D-xylopyranoside in a multigram scale without chromatographic purification in 78% overall yield. The transformation relied on selective tosylation/nosylation at O-4 followed by acylation, S(N)2 displacement with sodium azide and subsequent deprotection.(More)
Attachment of 4-amino-4-deoxy-L-arabinose (Ara4N) to phosphates or sugar hydroxyl groups of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) contributes to bacterial resistance against common antibiotics. For a detailed study of antigenic properties and binding interactions, Ara4N-containing inner-core ligands related to Burkholderia and Proteus LPS have been synthesized in good(More)
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