Syntheses and biological activities of KRN7000 analogues having aromatic residues in the acyl and backbone chains with varying stereochemistry

Jeong Ju Park, Ji Hyung Lee, Kyung Chang Seo, Gabriel Bricard, Manjunatha M. Venkataswamy, Steven A. Porcelli, Sung Kee Chung

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KRN7000 is an important ligand identified for CD1d protein of APC, and KRN7000/CD1d complex can stimulate NKT cells to release a broad range of bioactive cytokines. In an effort to understand the structure-activity relationships, we have carried out syntheses of 26 new KRN7000 analogues incorporating aromatic residues in either or both side chains. Structural variations of the phytosphingosine moiety also include varying stereochemistry at C3 and C4, and 4-deoxy and 3,4-dideoxy versions. Their biological activities are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)814-818
Number of pages5
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010



  • CD1d
  • Glycolipids
  • KRN7000
  • NKT cell
  • α-GalCer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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