Special Issue "Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry 2015"


A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2015

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Vito Ferro
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia
Website: http://staff.scmb.uq.edu.au/staff/vito-ferro
E-Mail: v.ferro@uq.edu.au
Interests: carbohydrate chemistry; medicinal chemistry; heparanase inhibitors; heparan sulfate mimetics

Guest Editor
Dr. Trinidad Velasco-Torrijos
Department of Chemistry, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Website: http://www.chemistry.nuim.ie/stafftrinidad.htm
E-Mail: trinidad.velascotorrijos@nuim.ie
Interests: carbohydrate chemistry; glycoconjugates; glycopeptides; glycolipids; glycomimetics, molecular scaffolds

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the launch of the first Special Issue in this journal on Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry, the field of glycobiology has continued to grow and mature. It is well established that carbohydrates (or glycans) play critical roles in biological systems in both normal physiology and disease. However, a better understanding of the intricate details of carbohydrate–protein interactions is the key to unlocking the enormous potential of glycans and glycomimetics for the development of new therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics. Carbohydrate chemists can continue to play an important role in advancing our understanding of glycobiology by providing the required synthetic access to pure, well-defined carbohydrates and glycoconjugates for biological studies, although many challenges still remain. In addition, carbohydrates and glycomimetics have potential applications in many areas of biomedical research and drug development. Finally, carbohydrates remain an excellent source of building blocks for chiral pool syntheses and as raw materials for the development of biotechnologically derived commodity chemicals.

We invite our colleagues to submit research articles and comprehensive reviews addressing the above mentioned topics, and on recent advances in carbohydrate chemistry in general, for publication in this Special Issue.

Dr. Vito Ferro
Dr. Trinidad Velasco-Torrijos
Guest Editors


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  • carbohydrate chemistry
  • glycoconjugates
  • glycopeptides
  • glycolipids
  • glycomimetics
  • molecular scaffolds
  • sustainable carbohydrate raw materials
  • carbohydrate nanostructures
  • bioactive compounds

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Molecules 2014, 19(12), 19845-19867; doi:10.3390/molecules191219845
Received: 27 September 2014; in revised form: 18 November 2014 / Accepted: 24 November 2014 / Published: 28 November 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of the Paper: mini-review
Title: The synthesis of nonulosonic acids using a [6 + 3] aldol condensation approach
Authors: James Carter and Milton J. Kiefel
Affiliations: Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University (Gold Coast campus)
Abstract: Nonulosonic acids are 9-carbon acidic sugars that are found as components of glycans in a range of organisms, including mammals and bacteria. One member of this family are the sialic acids like N-acetyl neuraminic acid, which is well known to be intimately involved in a number of human diseases. Less well studied are the pseudaminic acids and legionamininc acids, although it is know that these sugars play an important role in bacterial virulence. Whilst much is known regarding the biosynthesis of these important sugars, the efficient synthesis of analogues of nonulosonic acids remains a considerable challenge. This mini-review will bring together what has been reported regarding the synthesis of nonulosonic acids using an aldol condensation between simple hexose sugars and a 3-carbon building block, and will highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the different strategies employed.

Last update: 24 July 2014

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