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Cancer Biochem Biophys. 1990 Jan;11(1):31-43.

Modulation by all-trans retinoic acid of glycoprotein glycosylation in murine melanoma cells: enhancement of fucosyl- and galactosyltransferase activities.

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Department of Tumor Biology, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston 77030.


beta-All-trans retinoic acid (RA) treatment of murine S91-C2 melanoma cells decreases in vitro growth and modulates the glycosylation of specific cellular and cell-surface glycoproteins. The effect of RA treatment on [3H]fucose, [3H]galactose, and [3H]glucosamine incorporation was investigated by metabolic labeling followed by analysis of labeled cellular glycoproteins using polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in the presence of sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS-PAGE) and fluorography. RA treatment dramatically increased the incorporation of the labeled monosaccharides into one glycoprotein of Mr 160,000 (gp160), which has been previously implicated in the growth-inhibitory effect of RA on these cells. Following RA treatment, cell-surface sialic acid residues on gp160 were also more intensely labeled by NaIO4 oxidation and subsequent NaB[3H]4 reduction than were those on gp160 of untreated cells. The activities of fucosyl- and galactosyltransferase increased about 1.5 to 1.9 times after RA treatment. These results suggest that the increased activities of the two glycosyltransferases is responsible for the increased incorporation of fucose and galactose into gp160.

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