Send to

Choose Destination
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1999 Nov 2;264(3):619-21.

Overexpression of the alpha2,6-sialyltransferase, ST6Gal I, in a low metastatic variant of a murine lymphoblastoid cell line is associated with appearance of a unique ST6Gal I mRNA.

Author information

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, New York, 14263, USA.


Multiple mRNA isoforms are generated from Siat1, the gene encoding ST6Gal I (beta-galactoside alpha2,6-sialyltransferase, SiaT-1, ST6N, alpha2,6ST). These isoforms, transcriptionally initiated from a number of physically distinct promoter regions, differ only in the 5'-most untranslated region and share an identical ST6Gal I coding region. W16 cells, a spontaneous mutant from MDAY-D2, the highly metastatic murine lymphoid tumor cell line, is considerably less metastatic and exhibits significantly slower tumor growth characteristics [R. Takano, E. Muchmore, and J. W. Dennis (1994) Glycobiology 4, 665-674]. Takano et al. further reported that ST6Gal I mRNA in W16 is elevated 40-fold compared to the parental cells. Here, by means of 5'-RACE analysis, we demonstrate a heretofore undocumented ST6Gal I mRNA form expressed in W16 cells. This ST6Gal I mRNA contains a novel 5'-most untranslated region with 96% sequence similarity to the retroviral-like transposable element, intracisternal particle A (IAP). This observation suggests the notion that elevated ST6Gal I expression in W16 cells is the result of DNA rearrangement in the Siat1 locus. Atypical transcriptional activation of Siat1 is the result of this IAP transposition.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center