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N-Alkylated Iminosugar Based Ligands: Synthesis and Inhibition of Human Lysosomal β-Glucocerebrosidase Wolfsgruber, Andreas; Thonhofer, Martin; Weber, Patrick; Nasseri, Seyed A.; Fischer, Roland; Schalli, Michael; Stütz, Arnold E.; Withers, Stephen G.; Wrodnigg, Tanja M.


The scope of a series of N-alkylated iminosugar based inhibitors in the d-gluco as well as d-xylo configuration towards their interaction with human lysosomal β-glucocerebrosidase has been evaluated. A versatile synthetic toolbox has been developed for the synthesis of N-alkylated iminosugar scaffolds conjugated to a variety of terminal groups via a benzoic acid ester linker. The terminal groups such as nitrile, azide, alkyne, nonafluoro-tert-butyl and amino substituents enable follow-up chemistry as well as visualisation experiments. All compounds showed promising inhibitory properties as well as selectivities for β-glucosidases, some exhibiting activities in the low nanomolar range for β-glucocerebrosidase.

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