Galactosylsphingamides: new α-GalCer analogues to probe the F’-pocket of CD1d


Invariant Natural Killer T-cells (iNKT-cells) are an attractive target for immune response modulation, as upon CD1d-mediated stimulation with KRN7000, a synthetic α-galactosylceramide, they produce a vast amount of cytokines. Here we present a synthesis that allows swift modification of the phytosphingosine side chain by amidation of an advanced methyl ester precursor. The resulting KRN7000 derivatives, termed α-galactosylsphingamides, were evaluated for their capacity to stimulate iNKT-cells. While introduction of the amide-motif in the phytosphingosine chain is tolerated for CD1d binding and TCR recognition, the studied α-galactosylsphingamides showed compromised antigenic properties.

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-04461-7

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@inproceedings{Guillaume2017GalactosylsphingamidesN, title={Galactosylsphingamides: new α-GalCer analogues to probe the F’-pocket of CD1d}, author={Joren Guillaume and Jing Wang and Jonas Janssens and Soumya G Remesh and Martijn D P Risseeuw and Tine Decruy and Mathy Froeyen and Dirk Elewaut and Dirk M. Zajonc and Serge Van Calenbergh}, booktitle={Scientific reports}, year={2017} }