Tailormade Polysaccharides with Defined Branching Patterns: Enzymatic Polymerization of Arabinoxylan Oligosaccharides
Journal article, 2018

The heterogeneous nature of non-cellulosic polysaccharides, such as arabinoxylan, makes it difficult to correlate molecular structure with macroscopic properties. To study the impact of specific structural features of the polysaccharides on crystallinity or affinity to other cell wall components, collections of polysaccharides with defined repeating units are required. Herein, a chemoenzymatic approach to artificial arabinoxylan polysaccharides with systematically altered branching patterns is described. The polysaccharides were obtained by glycosynthase-catalyzed polymerization of glycosyl fluorides derived from arabinoxylan oligosaccharides. X-ray diffraction and adsorption experiments on cellulosic surfaces revealed that the physicochemical properties of the synthetic polysaccharides strongly depend on the specific nature of their substitution patterns. The artificial polysaccharides allow structure–property relationship studies that are not accessible by other means.

synthetic methods




structure elucidation


Deborah Senf

Freie Universität Berlin

Max Planck Society

Colin Ruprecht

Max Planck Society

Saina Kishani

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Aleksandar Matic

University of Potsdam

Max Planck Society

Guillermo Toriz Gonzalez

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry

Paul Gatenholm

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry

L. Wagberg

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Fabian Pfrengle

Freie Universität Berlin

Max Planck Society

Angewandte Chemie - International Edition

1433-7851 (ISSN) 1521-3773 (eISSN)

Vol. 57 37 11987-11992

Subject Categories

Textile, Rubber and Polymeric Materials

Other Chemistry Topics

Organic Chemistry



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