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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1999 Dec 6;1473(1):216-36.

Fucose in N-glycans: from plant to man.

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Institut für Chemie, Universität für Bodenkultur, Muthgasse 18, A-1190, Vienna, Austria. estaud@edv2.boku.ac.at

Abstract

Fucosylated oligosaccharides occur throughout nature and many of them play a variety of roles in biology, especially in a number of recognition processes. As reviewed here, much of the recent emphasis in the study of the oligosaccharides in mammals has been on their potential medical importance, particularly in inflammation and cancer. Indeed, changes in fucosylation patterns due to different levels of expression of various fucosyltransferases can be used for diagnoses of some diseases and monitoring the success of therapies. In contrast, there are generally at present only limited data on fucosylation in non-mammalian organisms. Here, the state of current knowledge on the fucosylation abilities of plants, insects, snails, lower eukaryotes and prokaryotes will be summarised.

PMID:
10580141
DOI:
10.1016/s0304-4165(99)00181-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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