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1.  Synthesis and Toll-Like Receptor 4 (TLR4) Activity of Phosphatidylinositol Dimannoside Analogues 
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry  2011;54(20):7268-7279.
A series of five PIM2 analogues were synthesized and tested for their ability to activate primary macrophages and modulate LPS signaling. Structural changes included replacement of the fatty acid esters of the phosphatidyl moiety of PIM2 with the corresponding ether or amide. An AcPIM2 analogue possessing an ether linkage was also prepared. The synthetic methodology utilized an orthogonally protected chiral myo-inositol starting material that was conveniently prepared from myo-inositol in just two steps. Important steps in the synthetic protocols included the regio- and ╬▒-selective glycosylation of inositol O-6 and introduction of the phosphodiester utilizing phosphoramidite chemistry. Replacement of the inositol core with a glycerol moiety gave compounds described as phosphatidylglycerol dimannosides (PGM2). Biological testing of these PIM compounds indicated that the agonist activity was TLR4 dependent. An ether linkage increased agonist activity, removal of the inositol ring enhanced antagonist activity and the presence of an additional lipid chain enhanced LPS-induced cytokine production in primary macrophages. Furthermore, the interruption of the LPS-induced TLR4/MD-2 2:2 signaling complex formation by PIM2 represents a previously unidentified mechanism involved in the bioactivity of PIM molecules.
doi:10.1021/jm2008419
PMCID: PMC3280216  PMID: 21936536
2.  HISTOCOMPATIBILITY TYPE AND IMMUNE RESPONSIVENESS IN RANDOM BRED HARTLEY STRAIN GUINEA PIGS 
The Journal of Experimental Medicine  1970;132(6):1259-1266.
Outbred Hartley strain guinea pigs capable of responding immunologically to 2,4-dinitrophenylated poly-L-lysine were shown to display a histocompatibility specificity in common with inbred strain 2 guinea pigs. This histocompatibility specificity was not detected in guinea pigs unable to respond immunologically to DNP-PLL. The result suggests that the poly-L-lysine specific immune response gene is very closely linked or even identical with a gene determining a major histocompatibility antigen in guinea pigs.
PMCID: PMC2180499  PMID: 5511572

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