New synthesis of idraparinux, the non-glycosaminoglycan analogue of the antithrombin-binding domain of heparin

Mihály Herczeg, Erika Mezo, Dániel Eszenyi, Sándor Antus, Anikó Borbás

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Idraparinux, the fully O-sulfated, O-methylated, heparin-related pentasaccharide possessing selective factor Xa inhibitory activity, was prepared by a new synthetic pathway. This route was based on a [2+3] block synthesis utilizing a 6-O-silyl-protected l-idose-containing trisaccharide acceptor, which was glycosylated with a disaccharide donor containing a non-oxidized precursor of the glucuronic acid. The unique strategy of multiple functionalizations at pentasaccharide levels, involving triple methylation followed by oxidation of the glucose and the idose precursors into d-glucuronic and l-iduronic acids in one step, proved to be highly efficient, providing the target pentasaccharide through a 39-step synthesis starting from d-glucose and methyl α-d-glucopyranoside.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2919-2927
Number of pages9
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - May 6 2014



  • Anticoagulation
  • Glycosylation reactions
  • Heparinoid pentasaccharide
  • Multiple functionalization
  • Orthogonal protecting groups
  • Uronic acids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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