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    Although synthetic mimics of lectins can be extremely useful in biological and biomedical research, molecular recognition of carbohydrates has been hampered by their strong solvation in water and subtle structural differences among analogues. Molecularly imprinted nanoparticle receptors were prepared with glycans directly cleaved from glycoproteins. Functionalized with boroxole groups in the binding sites, these water-soluble synthetic lectins bound the parent glycoproteins selectively in water with an association constant of Ka = 104-105 M-1. The strong binding enabled the receptors to protect the targeted glycans from enzymatic cleavage. When clicked onto magnetic nanoparticles, the receptors enabled facile isolation of glycoproteins from a mixture.


    Likun Duan, Milad Zangiabadi, Yan Zhao. Synthetic lectins for selective binding of glycoproteins in water. Chemical communications (Cambridge, England). 2020 Sep 11;56(70):10199-10202

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    PMID: 32748907

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