Artificial Glycolipid Synthesis Service

Artificial Glycolipid Synthesis Service

Rigorous and Attentive Artificial Glycolipid Synthesis Service at CD BioGlyco

CD BioGlyco conducts comprehensive research to provide high-quality Neoglycolipid (NGL) Display Arrays. The design and synthesis of artificial glycolipids play a crucial role in the application of the NGL display array. We provide a one-stop service for artificial glycolipid synthesis based on our extensive Glycan Display Platform.

We use chemical or enzymatic methods to synthesize artificial glycolipids. The artificial glycolipids produced by synthesis are used as powerful tools for studying glycolipid function, developing therapeutic drugs, and designing biomaterials. We synthesize artificial glycolipids by combining phosphatidylethanolamine-type aminolipids with or as a mixture of glycans.

  • Chemical synthesis

Chemical synthesis of artificial glycolipids involves the stepwise assembly of lipid and carbohydrate components. Techniques such as solid-phase lipid synthesis, click chemistry, are commonly employed.

  • Solid-phase lipid synthesis
    Artificial glycolipids are divided into several structural modules. We use a series of chemical reactions to sequentially assemble these modules onto a resin. The synthesized artificial glycolipids are then obtained by releasing the synthesized products from the solid support.
  • Click chemistry
    Click chemistry is used for the synthesis of artificial glycolipids. We use reactions such as copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) to link glycans to lipid supports. This approach provides a reliable and rapid method of synthesis.
  • Enzyme synthesis

We mainly use glycosyltransferases to mediate the synthesis of artificial glycolipids. Glycosyltransferases catalyze the sugar transfer reaction. The enzyme synthesis method is regioselective and precisely controls the glycan structure. We perform the glycosylation reaction by using appropriate lipid receptors and specific glycosyltransferases. Ultimately, the glycan is attached to a lipid molecule to synthesize an artificial glycolipid.

  • Combination of chemical synthesis and enzymatic methods

We first construct lipid scaffolds using chemical methods. After that, we use glycosyltransferases and other enzymes to link the glycans to the lipids. When synthesizing artificial lipids, we incorporate specific lipid molecules as required and design and modify the glycan structure. All synthesized artificial glycolipids are determined by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and other tests.

Fig.1 Methods for the synthesis of artificial glycolipids. (CD BioGlyco)Fig.1 Methods for the synthesis of artificial glycolipids. (CD BioGlyco)

Publication Data

Technology: Mechanochemical click reaction

Journal: Carbohydrate Research

IF: 1.817

Published: 2015

Results: In the present study, azide-alkyne click reaction was employed to synthesize various carbohydrate-anchored triazole-linked lipids. The assembly pattern of triazole lipids containing different sugars varies. Analyzing the self-assembly ability of these compounds, the structures show that these compounds can form structures with unique physicochemical properties through self-assembly. This suggests that the structure of lipids and sugars can determine the shape and size of the supramolecular assemblies formed. This study provides data support for the application of click chemistry in the preparation of artificial glycolipids and self-assembled materials.

Fig.2 Synthesis of sugar-based triazole-linked lipids. (Tyagi & Kartha, 2015)Fig.2 Synthesis of sugar-based triazole-linked lipids. (Tyagi & Kartha, 2015)

Applications of Artificial Glycolipid Synthesis

  • Artificial glycolipids have a wide range of applications in medicine and biology. They are tools for studying signaling processes and cellular interactions involving glycolipids.
  • Artificial glycolipids with specific structures are the standard reference for the identification and quantification of natural glycolipids. They also contribute to the understanding of glycan recognition, deciphering glycolipid function, and developing glycan-based diagnostics.
  • Artificial glycolipids interact with cell membranes and specific proteins and therefore are used in drug delivery systems and as functional components of biomaterials.

Highlights of Us

  • During the synthesis of artificial glycolipids, we use a variety of synthetic methods to design and modify the glycan structure. Artificial glycolipids with specific sugar sequences and structures are synthesized by changing the monosaccharide composition, linkage types, etc.
  • In addition to glycans, we also add lipid molecules with specific structures to achieve customized synthesis of artificial glycolipids.
  • We have a variety of sophisticated instruments to test the structure and properties of the synthesized artificial glycolipids.

CD BioGlyco has optimized experimental processes related to the NGL display array. Our goal is to provide high-quality NGL display arrays by synthesizing a variety of artificial glycolipids. Please feel free to contact us for more detailed information about our artificial glycolipid synthesis methods, experimental procedures, etc. We are ready to serve you at any time.


  1. Tyagi, M.; Kartha, K.R. Synthesis of glycotriazololipids and observations on their self-assembly properties. Carbohydrate Research. 2015, 413: 85-92.
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