"Multivalent" saccharides: development of new approaches for inhibiting the effects of glycosphingolipid-binding pathogens.

Abstract

A number of diseases are initiated by the adherence of viruses, bacteria, or bacterial toxins to cell surface carbohydrates, a number of which are components of glycosphingolipids (GSLs). Studies of the binding of lectins indicated that many adhered weakly to monomeric carbohydrate ligands. The seminal observation that lectins adhered more strongly to a… (More)

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