'Click' assembly of glycoclusters and discovery of a trehalose analogue that retards Aβ40 aggregation and inhibits Aβ40-induced neurotoxicity Academic Article uri icon


  • Osmolytes have been proposed as treatments for neurodegenerative proteinopathies including Alzheimer's disease. However, for osmolytes to reach the clinic their efficacy must be improved. In this work, copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition chemistry was used to synthesize glycoclusters bearing six copies of trehalose, lactose, galactose or glucose, with the aim of improving the potency of these osmolytes via multivalency. A trehalose glycocluster was found to be superior to monomeric trehalose in its ability to retard the formation of amyloid-beta peptide 40 (Aβ40) fibrils and protect neurons from Aβ40-induced cell death.


publication date

  • 2014