Efficient Synthesis of the Lewis A Tandem Repeat.

The convergent synthesis of the Lewis A (Le(a)) tandem repeat is described. The Le(a) tandem repeat is a carbohydrate ligand for a mannose binding protein that shows potent inhibitory activity against carcinoma growth. The Le(a) unit, {β-d-Gal-(1→3)-[α-l-Fuc-(1→4)]-β-d-GlcNAc}, was synthesized by stereoselective nitrile-assisted β-galactosylation with the… (More)