Journal of the American Chemical Society

Characterization and carbohydrate specificity of pradimicin S.

PMID 22788706


The pradimicin family of antibiotics is attracting attention due to its anti-infective properties and as a model for understanding the requirements for carbohydrate recognition by small molecules. Members of the pradimicin family are unique among natural products in their ability to bind sugars in a Ca(2+)-dependent manner, but the oligomerization to insoluble aggregates that occurs upon Ca(2+) binding has prevented detailed characterization of their carbohydrate specificity and biologically relevant form. Here we take advantage of the water solubility of pradimicin S (PRM-S), a sulfated glucose-containing analogue of pradimicin A (PRM-A), to show by NMR spectroscopy and analytical ultracentrifugation that at biologically relevant concentrations, PRM-S binds Ca(2+) to form a tetrameric species that selectively binds and engulfs the trisaccharide Manα1-3(Manα1-6)Man over mannose or mannobiose. In functional HIV-1 entry assays, IC(50) values of 2-4 μM for PRM-S corrrelate with the concentrations at which oligomerization occurs as well as the affinities with which PRM-S binds the HIV surface envelope glycoprotein gp120. Together these data reveal the biologically active form of PRM-S, provide an explanation for previous speculations that PRM-A may contain a second mannose binding site, and expand our understanding of the characteristics that can engender a small molecule with the ability to function as a carbohydrate receptor.

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α-D(+)Mannose 1-phosphate sodium salt hydrate, Sigma Grade
C6H13O9P · xNa+ · yH2O