β-D-Galactofuranose (Galf) is a component of polysaccharides and glycoconjugates. There are few reports about the involvement of galactofuranosyltransferases and galactofuranosidases (Galf-ases) in the synthesis and degradation of galactofuranose-containing glycans. The cell walls of filamentous fungi in the genus Aspergillus include galactofuranose-containing polysaccharides and glycoconjugates, such as O-glycans, N-glycans, and fungal-type galactomannan, which are important for cell wall integrity. In this study, we investigated the synthesis of p-nitrophenyl β-D-galactofuranoside and its disaccharides by chemo-enzymatic methods including use of galactosidase. The key step was selective removal of the concomitant pyranoside by enzymatic hydrolysis to purify p-nitrophenyl β-D-galactofuranoside, a promising substrate for β-D-galactofuranosidase from Streptomyces species.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Analytical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry