The chemo-enzymatic synthesis of 6-O-methacryloyl mannose (MaM) glycomonomer was successfully performed for the first time. Subsequent aqueous RAFT polymerization of the monomer yielded well-defined, linear poly(6-O-methacryloyl mannose) (PMaM) glycopolymers without the need for protecting and deprotecting group chemistry. As well as investigating the RAFT polymerization kinetics of this monomer using various initial monomer to chain transfer agent concentration ratios, the protein binding ability of the generated glycopolymer was tested using concanavalin A, a known mannose-residue binding lectin.
- Protein binding
- RAFT polymerization
- Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization