Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 7511986
Carbohydr. Res. 1994 Jan;251:213-32
The title disaccharides were synthesized by condensation of 2,3,4-tri-O-benzoyl-alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl bromide with suitably protected, deoxygenated derivatives of methyl alpha-D-galactopyranoside. Deoxygenation was achieved via activation of a protected methyl alpha-D-gluco- or galacto-pyranoside with N,N’-thiocarbonyldiimidazole followed by treatment with tributyltin hydride and azobisisobutyronitrile. At position 3, the deoxygenation was more successful when performed with the tri-O-benzoylated precursor, rather than the tri-O-benzylated one. The corresponding nucleophile was obtained by benzylidenation of the methyl 3-deoxy-alpha-D-xylo-hexopyranoside. The preparation of the glycosyl acceptor deoxygenated at position 4 could be pursued starting from derivatives having either the D-galacto or the D-gluco configuration. The pathway involving the former was found superior.