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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1989 Jul 14;162(1):189-97.

The Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm mouse tumor produces undersulfated heparan sulfate and oversulfated galactosaminoglycans.

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  • 1Department of Biological Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Japan.


Glycosaminoglycans were prepared from the Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm mouse tumor. Enzymatic analysis demonstrated heparan sulfate (95.8%) and chondroitinase ABC-sensitive galactosaminoglycans (4.2%). HPLC analysis of the disaccharide units showed that heparan sulfate chains were undersulfated on average, comprising approximately 30% nonsulfated and 60% N-sulfated disaccharide units with small proportions of other monosulfated and disulfated disaccharide units. In contrast, galactosaminoglycan chains were oversulfated, containing an appreciable proportion (15%) of a 4,6-disulfated (so-called E-type) disaccharide unit in addition to 51% of a 4-sulfated, 22% of a 6-sulfated, and 11% of a nonsulfated disaccharide unit. The significance of the oversulfated disaccharide structure is discussed in relation to the possible regulation of functions of hybrid proteoglycans from which the galactosaminoglycan chains are derived.

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