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J Biol Chem. 2004 Oct 8;279(41):42355-8. Epub 2004 Aug 19.

Heparan sulfate synthesized by mouse embryonic stem cells deficient in NDST1 and NDST2 is 6-O-sulfated but contains no N-sulfate groups.

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  • 1Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, BMC, Box 582, SE-751 23 Uppsala, Sweden.


Heparan sulfate structure differs significantly between various cell types and during different developmental stages. The diversity is created during biosynthesis by sulfotransferases, which add sulfate groups to the growing chain, and a C5-epimerase, which converts selected glucuronic acid residues to iduronic acid. All these modifications are believed to depend on initial glucosamine N-sulfation carried out by the enzyme glucosaminyl N-deacetylase/N-sulfotransferase (NDST). Here we report that heparan sulfate synthesized by mouse embryonic stem cells deficient in NDST1 and NDST2 completely lacks N-sulfation but still contains 6-O-sulfate groups, demonstrating that 6-O-sulfation can occur without prior N-sulfation. Reverse transcriptase-PCR analysis indicates that all three identified 6-O-sulfotransferases are expressed by the cells, 6-O-sulfotransferase-1 being the dominating form. The 6-O-sulfated polysaccharide lacking N-sulfate groups also contains N-unsubstituted glucosamine units, raising questions about how these units are generated.

Copyright 2004 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

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