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A convenient method for methylation of glycoprotein glycans in small amounts by using lithium methylsulfinyl carbanion.

Carbohydrate research (1985-08-15)
J P Parente, P Cardon, Y Leroy, J Montreuil, B Fournet, G Ricart
ABSTRACT

Treatment of dimethyl sulfoxide with butyllithium leads to rapid formation of lithium methylsulfinyl carbanion. The reaction products tend to be significantly freer from impurities when lithium methylsulfinyl carbanion is used rather than sodium or potassium methylsulfinyl carbanion. This reagent gives less background in g.l.c. and thus may be used to methylate micro-quantities of glycoprotein glycans (down to 10 micrograms) without the necessity of identifying methyl ethers by mass spectrometry.

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n-Butyllithium solution, 2.5 M in hexanes
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n-Butyllithium solution, 1.6 M in hexanes
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n-Butyllithium solution, 2.0 M in cyclohexane
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n-Butyllithium solution, 2.7 M in heptane
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n-Butyllithium solution, 11.0 M in hexanes
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n-Butyllithium solution, 1.4 M in toluene