Photo-labile BODIPY protecting groups for glycan synthesis†
Protective groups that can be selectively removed under mild conditions are an essential aspect of carbohydrate chemistry. Groups that can be selectively removed by visible light are particularly attractive because carbohydrates are transparent to visible light. Here, different BODIPY protecting groups were explored for their utility during glycan synthesis. A BODIPY group bearing a boron difluoride unit is stable during glycosylations but can be cleaved with green light as illustrated by the assembly of a trisaccharide.