Nucleotide sugars are activated sugar precursors used by glycosyltransferases to form glycans. Here we report the first examples of resin-bound nucleotide sugars: fluorinated UDP-galactose and UDP-galactose. They were conjugated to a polyethylene glycol resin through the C6 position with an SMCC linker in good to excellent yields. This synthesis represents an efficient method to access resin-bound nucleotide sugars in a modular approach that enables modifications of the sugar or nucleotide before conjugation. The system has been conceived as a new chemistry-based screening system for enzymes that use UDP-galactose.
- Amphiphilic resin