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Oxazolinium ion

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An oxazolinium ion is the species that is formed by anchimeric assistence in the glycosidic bond-cleaving reaction of a 2-deoxy-2-acetamido glycoside [1]. Solution studies have shown that the 2-acetamido N-acetyl group enhances spontaneous hydrolysis, of methyl 2-acetamido-2-deoxy-α-D-glucopyranoside relative to methyl α-D-glucopyranoside, by more than 1000-fold [2]. An oxazolinium ion can be deprotonated to give an oxazoline, which is a stable and isolable species. Oxazolinium ions are common intermediates in the neighboring group participation mechanism of glycoside hydrolases, including glycoside hydrolases from families GH18, GH20, GH25, GH56, GH84, and GH85.

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Mechanism for conversion of a 2-acetamido-2-deoxy-β-D-glycoside to an oxazolinium ion and oxazoline.

Anchimeric assistance can occur with modified 2-acetamido groups, such as 2-glycolylamido groups, affording hydroxymethyl substituted oxazolinium ion intermediates, such as that demonstrated for the glycoside hydrolases of GH84 [3].

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  1. Tews, I., Terwisscha van Scheltinga, A.C., Perrakis, A., Wilson, K.S., and Dijkstra, B.W. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1997, 119, 7954-7959.
  2. Piszkiewicz, D.; Bruice, T. C. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1968, 90, 5844-5848.
  3. Macauley MS, Chan J, Zandberg WF, He Y, Whitworth GE, Stubbs KA, Yuzwa SA, Bennet AJ, Varki A, Davies GJ, and Vocadlo DJ. (2012) Metabolism of vertebrate amino sugars with N-glycolyl groups: intracellular β-O-linked N-glycolylglucosamine (GlcNGc), UDP-GlcNGc, and the biochemical and structural rationale for the substrate tolerance of β-O-linked β-N-acetylglucosaminidase. J Biol Chem. 287, 28882-97. DOI:10.1074/jbc.M112.363721 | PubMed ID:22692202 | HubMed [Macauley2012]