“Click” Saccharide/β-Lactam Hybrids for Lectin Inhibition

Hybrid glycopeptide β-lactam mimetics designed to bind lectins or carbohydrate recognition domains in selectins have been prepared according to a “shape-modulating linker” design. This approach was implemented using the azide−alkyne “click” cycloaddition reaction, and as shown by NMR/MD experiments, binding of the resulting mimetics to Ulex Europaeus Lectin-1 (UEL-1) occurred after a “bent-to-extended” conformational change around a partially rotatable triazolylmethylene moiety.