Synthetic heparan sulfate dodecasaccharides reveal single sulfation site interconverts CXCL8 and CXCL12 chemokine biology

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  • External authors:
  • Steen U Hansen
  • Gavin J Miller
  • Claire L Cole
  • Graham Rushton
  • Egle Avizienyte


The multigram-scale synthesis of a sulfation-site programmed heparin-like dodecasaccharide is described. Evaluation alongside dodecasaccharides lacking this single glucosamine O6-sulfation, or having per-O6-sulfation, shows that site-specific modification of the terminal glucosamine dramatically interconverts regulation of in vitro and in vivo biology mediated by the two important chemokines, CXCL12 (SDF1α) or CXCL8 (IL-8).

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13846-9
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number72
StatePublished - 18 Sep 2015