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Int J Oncol. 2006 Sep;29(3):557-66.

Different expression levels of alpha3/4 fucosyltransferases and Lewis determinants in ovarian carcinoma tissues and cell lines.

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Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, 2781-901 Oeiras, Portugal.


Ovarian carcinoma is the leading cause of death from gynecological cancers in many countries. Fucosylated glycoconjugates have been associated with various carcinomas. In the present study, we have characterized the expression of alpha3/4 fucosyltransferases transcripts and their products, the Lewis carbohydrate determinants, and their in vitro specificity towards synthetic acceptors using ovarian carcinoma cell lines OVM, m130, GG and SKOV3. We found different expression patterns: GG cells expressed mostly Lewisx (Lex), Lewisy (Ley), sLea and Leb, and m130 cells expressed mostly Lex and Ley. The detection was on the plasma membrane and in intracellular vesicles. OVM and SKOV3 cells had very low amounts of staining. From RT-PCR studies, enzyme specificity of cellular extracts towards a panel of synthetic carbohydrate acceptors and Western blot analysis we concluded that Lea, sLea and Leb were synthesised by FUT3, whereas Lex and Ley were synthesized by FUT4 and FUT9 in both cell lines. The GG and m130 cell lines are adequate models to investigate the role of Lex, Ley, sLea and Leb in ovarian carcinoma development.

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