Molecular diversity through sugar scaffolds

Giang Thanh Le, Giovanni Abbenante, Bernd Becker, Matthias Grathwohl, Judy Halliday, Gerry Tometzki, Johannes Zuegg, Wim Meutermans

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Monosaccharides provide an excellent platform to tailor molecular diversity by appending desired substituents at selected positions around the sugar scaffold. The presence of five functionalized and stereo-controlled centres on the sugar scaffolds gives the chemist plenty of scope to custom design molecules to a pharmacophore model. This review focuses on the peptidomimetic developments in this area, as well as the concept of tailoring structural and functional diversity in a library using carbohydrate scaffolds and how this can lead to increased hit rates and rapid identification of leads, which has promising prospects for drug development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-709
Number of pages9
JournalDrug Discovery Today
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbohydrate
  • Drug discovery
  • Libraries
  • Scaffold
  • Structural diversity

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