Structural studies on the linkage unit between teichoic acid and peptidoglycan in cell wall of Streptomyces chrysomallus sp. 2 and biosynthesis of its tetrasaccharide fragment

T. N. Druzhinina, G. M. Streshinskaya, M. Sh. Goshadze, V. N. Shibaev, I. B. Naumova

A. D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moscow; M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

Abstract: The linkage unit in ribitol teichoic acid of Streptomyces chrysomallus sp. 2 was purified and found to contain a tetrasaccharide, composed of GlcNAc, GalNAc, FucNAc and QuiNAc residues. The enzymic synthesis of polyprenyl pyrophosphate tetrasaccharide was performed using biosynthetic and synthetic uridine diphosphate aminohexoses. N-acetylglucosamine residue was identified at the reducing end of the tetrasaccharide. The synthetic derivatives QuiNAc PPMpr and FucNAc PPMpr could not serve as intermediates in the enzymic synthesis of the tetrasaccharide fragment.

Russian Journal of Bioorganic Chemistry 1991, 17 (5):671-677

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