We recently reported the incorporation of diazirine photo-cross-linkers onto the O-GlcNAc posttranslational modification in mammalian cells, enabling the identification of binding partners of O-GlcNAcylated proteins. Unfortunately, the syntheses of the diazirine-functionalized substrates have exhibited inconsistent yields. We report a robust and stereoselective synthesis of cell-permeable GlcNAc-1-phosphate esters based on the use of commercially available bis(diisopropylamino)chlorophosphine. We demonstrate this approach for two diazirine-containing GlcNAc analogues, and we report the cellular incorporation of these compounds into glycoconjugates to support photo-cross-linking applications.
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- Organic Chemistry