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Glycoconj J. 1996 Oct;13(5):727-33.

Fucosyltransferase III and sialyl-Le(x) expression correlate in cultured colon carcinoma cells but not in colon carcinoma tissue.

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Department of Gastroenterology, Klinikum Benjamin Franklin der Freien Universität, Berlin, FRG.


The potential contribution of fucosyltransferases to the overexpression of sialyl-Le(x) antigen was investigated in the colon carcinoma cell line HT-29 and in human colon carcinoma tissue. In HT-29 cells as well as in normal or malignant colonic tissues Fuc-TIII, Fuc-TIV, Fuc-TVI but not Fuc-TV nor Fuc-TVII were detectable after RT-PCR. Sodium butyrate treatment of HT-29 cells increased (to about 200%) and DMSO treatment decreased (to about 20%) the expression of sialyl-Le(x). This modulation of sialyl-Le(x) was concomitant with the analogous increase/decrease of mRNA of Fuc-TIII but not Fuc-TIV. Fuc-TVI was not detectable by Northern blotting in HT-29 cells. In six human colon carcinomas which exhibited strong overexpression of sialyl-Le(x), the expression of Fuc-TIII-mRNA was the same or lower than in the corresponding normal colonic tissue. Thus Fuc-TIII expression may be affecting the expression of the sialyl-Le(x) moiety in HT-29 cells but not in human colon carcinoma tissue.

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