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Glycobiology. 1995 Mar;5(2):219-26.

High alpha-2,6-sialylation of N-acetyllactosamine sequences in ras-transformed rat fibroblasts correlates with high invasive potential.

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Laboratory of Molecular Oncology, CNRS-URA 1160, Institut Pasteur, Lille, France.


Through cloning experiments with the FRras EJ4 cell line, previously described to exhibit a Sambucus nigra agglutinin (SNA)+ phenotype, three clones with a SNA- phenotype were isolated. All the selected SNA+ and SNA- clones expressed the ras oncoprotein and cloned in soft agar with the same efficiency. We were interested in studying the adhesion and invasion properties of the FRras cells presenting a SNA + or - phenotype. They were first compared in their biochemical properties and we found that FRras SNA- were characterized by a low alpha-2,6-sialylation of their cell surface glycoproteins and a low beta-galactoside alpha-2,6 sialytransferase activity. Using in vitro invasion assays, FRras cells exhibiting a low alpha-2,6-sialylation on their surface were found to have a low invasive potential compared to their counterpart SNA+. FRras SNA-clones exhibit a different morphology from that of FRras SNA+ clones. Moreover, homotypic aggregation assays indicated that FRras SNA- were more cohesive with each other and adhesion assays showed that they were more adhesive to fibronectin.

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