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Arch Biochem Biophys. 2001 Aug 1;392(1):79-86.

The widespread effect of beta 1,4-galactosyltransferase on N-glycan processing.

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Life Science Laboratory, Mitsui Chemicals, Incorporated, 1144 Togo, Mobara, Chiba 297-0017, Japan.


We investigated beta 1,4-GalT (UDP-galactose: beta-d-N-acetylglucosaminide beta 1,4-galactosyltransferase) in terms of intracellular competition with GnT-IV (UDP-N-acetylglucosamine: alpha1,3-d-mannoside beta1,4-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase) and GnT-V (UDP-N-acetylglucosamine: alpha1,6-d-mannoside beta 1,6-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase). The beta 1,4-GalT-I gene was introduced into Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells producing human interferon (hIFN)-gamma (IM4/V/IV cells) and five clones expressing various levels of beta 1,4-GalT were isolated. As we previously reported, parental IM4/V/IV cells express high levels of GnT-IVa and -V and produce hIFN-gamma having primarily tetraantennary sugar chains. The branching of sugar chains on hIFN-gamma was suppressed in the beta 1,4-GalT-enhanced clones to a level corresponding to the intracellular activity of beta 1,4-GalT relative to GnTs. Moreover, the contents of hybrid-type and high-mannose-type sugar chains increased in these clones. The results showed that beta 1,4-GalT widely affects N-glycan processing by competing with GnT-IV, GnT-V, and alpha-mannosidase II in cells and also by some other mechanisms that suppress the conversion of high-mannose-type sugar chains to the hybrid type.

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