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Methods Mol Biol. 2013;1022:283-98. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-465-4_21.

N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase (GnT) assays using fluorescent oligosaccharide acceptor substrates: GnT-III, IV, V, and IX (GnT-Vb).

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  • 1Division of Systems Glycobiology Research Group, RIKEN Global Research Cluster, Wako, Saitama, Japan.


Determining glycosyltransferase activities gives a clue for better understanding an underlying mechanism for glycomic alterations of carrier molecules. N-glycan branch formation is concertedly regulated by cooperative and competitive activities of N-acetylglucosaminyltransferases (GnTs). Here, we describe methods for large scale preparation of the oligosaccharide acceptor substrate, fluorescence-labeling of oligosaccharides by pyridylamination, quality control, and reversed phase HPLC-based measurement of GnT activities including GnT-III, IV, V, and IX.

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