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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922867/discoveries-of-the-structures-of-sialic-acid-and-cmp-sialic-acid-1957-1960-a-letter-from-saul-roseman
#1
Ronald L Schnaar, Yuan C Lee
Sialic acids have a special place in vertebrate glycobiology, where they constitute the dominant terminal saccharides on many cell surface glycans. From early studies that identified sialoglycans as receptors for important pathogens and toxins to more recent discoveries of sialic acid-binding proteins essential for immune system (and other) functions in humans, sialic acids and sialoglycans have become cornerstones in understanding vertebrate glycobiology and pathology. During a remarkable 3-year period in the late 1950s, a newly minted postdoctoral fellow (Donald G...
June 1, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910600/an-acceptor-analogue-of-%C3%AE-1-4-galactosyltransferase-substrate-inhibitor-or-both
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Jingqian Jiang, Gerd K Wagner
Many glycosyltransferase inhibitors in the literature are structurally derived from the donor or acceptor substrate of the respective enzyme. A representative example is 2-naphthyl β-d-GlcNAc, a synthetic GlcNAc glycoside that has been reported as a galactosyltransferase inhibitor. This GlcNAc derivative is attractive as a chemical tool compound for biological and biochemical studies because of its reported potency as an inhibitor, and its short and straightforward synthesis from readily available starting materials...
August 31, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905402/affinity-capillary-electrophoresis-for-the-assessment-of-binding-affinity-of-carbohydrate-based-cholera-toxin-inhibitors
#3
Oier Aizpurua-Olaizola, Javier Sastre Torano, Aliaksei Pukin, Ou Fu, Geert Jan Boons, Gerhardus J de Jong, Roland J Pieters
Developing tools for the study of protein carbohydrate interactions is an important goal in glycobiology. Cholera toxin inhibition is an interesting target in this context, as its inhibition may help the fight against cholera. For the study of novel ligands an affinity capillary electrophoresis (ACE) method was optimised and applied. The method uses unlabeled cholera toxin B-subunit (CTB) and unlabeled carbohydrate ligands based on ganglioside GM1-oligosaccharides (GM1os). In an optimized method at pH 4, adsorption of the protein to the capillary walls was prevented by a polybrene-dextran sulfate-polybrene (PB-DS-PB) coating...
September 14, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894650/lectins-an-effective-tool-for-screening-of-potential-cancer-biomarkers
#4
Onn Haji Hashim, Jaime Jacqueline Jayapalan, Cheng-Siang Lee
In recent years, the use of lectins for screening of potential biomarkers has gained increased importance in cancer research, given the development in glycobiology that highlights altered structural changes of glycans in cancer associated processes. Lectins, having the properties of recognizing specific carbohydrate moieties of glycoconjugates, have become an effective tool for detection of new cancer biomarkers in complex bodily fluids and tissues. The specificity of lectins provides an added advantage of selecting peptides that are differently glycosylated and aberrantly expressed in cancer patients, many of which are not possibly detected using conventional methods because of their low abundance in bodily fluids...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799715/cloning-and-expression-of-recombinant-chondroitinase-ac-ii-and-its-comparison-to-the-arthrobacter-aurescens-enzyme
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Asher Williams, Wenqin He, Brady F Cress, Xinyue Liu, Jordanne Alexandria, Hiroki Yoshizawa, Kazuhiro Nishimura, Toshihiko Toida, Mattheos Koffas, Robert J Linhardt
Chondroitin sulfates are the glycosaminoglycan chains of proteoglycans critical in the normal development and pathophysiology of all animals. Chondroitinase ACII, a polysaccharide lyase originally isolated from Arthrobacter aurescens IAM 110 65, which is widely used in the analysis and study of chondroitin structure, is no longer commercially available. The aim of the current study was to prepare recombinant versions of this critical enzyme for the glycobiology research community. Two versions of recombinant chondroitinase ACII were prepared in Escherichia coli, and their activity, stability, specificity and action pattern were examined, along with a non-recombinant version secreted by an Arthrobacter strain...
August 11, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767404/over-forty-years-of-bladder-cancer-glycobiology-where-do-glycans-stand-facing-precision-oncology
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REVIEW
Rita Azevedo, Andreia Peixoto, Cristiana Gaiteiro, Elisabete Fernandes, Manuel Neves, Luís Lima, Lúcio Lara Santos, José Alexandre Ferreira
The high molecular heterogeneity of bladder tumours is responsible for significant variations in disease course, as well as elevated recurrence and progression rates, thereby hampering the introduction of more effective targeted therapeutics. The implementation of precision oncology settings supported by robust molecular models for individualization of patient management is warranted. This effort requires a comprehensive integration of large sets of panomics data that is yet to be fully achieved. Contributing to this goal, over 40 years of bladder cancer glycobiology have disclosed a plethora of cancer-specific glycans and glycoconjugates (glycoproteins, glycolipids, proteoglycans) accompanying disease progressions and dissemination...
July 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752383/construction-and-functional-characterization-of-truncated-versions-of-recombinant-keratanase-ii-from-bacillus-circulans
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Haisheng Wang, Wenqin He, Peixia Jiang, Yanlei Yu, Lei Lin, Xiaojun Sun, Mattheos Koffas, Fuming Zhang, Robert J Linhardt
There is a need for degradative enzymes in the study of glycosaminoglycans. Many of these enzymes are currently available either in their natural or recombinant forms. Unfortunately, progress in structure-activity studies of keratan sulfate (KS) have been impeded by the lack of a commercially available endo-β-N-acetylglucosaminidase, keratantase II. The current study uses a recently published sequence of a highly thermostable keratanase II identified in Bacillus circulans to clone and express a series of truncation mutants in Escherichia coli BL21...
July 27, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692249/the-emergence-of-phenolic-glycans-as-virulence-factors-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Danielle D Barnes, Mimmi L E Lundahl, Ed C Lavelle, Eoin M Scanlan
Tuberculosis is the leading infectious cause of mortality worldwide. The global epidemic, caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, has prompted renewed interest in the development of novel vaccines for disease prevention and control. The cell envelope of M. tuberculosis is decorated with an assortment of glycan structures, including glycolipids, that are involved in disease pathogenesis. Phenolic glycolipids and the structurally related para-hydroxybenzoic acid derivatives display potent immunomodulatory activities and have particular relevance for both understanding the interaction of the bacterium with the host immune system and also in the design of new vaccine and therapeutic candidates...
July 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684994/glycoscience-synchrotron-synchrotron-radiation-applied-to-structural-glycoscience
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REVIEW
Serge Pérez, Daniele de Sanctis
Synchrotron radiation is the most versatile way to explore biological materials in different states: monocrystalline, polycrystalline, solution, colloids and multiscale architectures. Steady improvements in instrumentation have made synchrotrons the most flexible intense X-ray source. The wide range of applications of synchrotron radiation is commensurate with the structural diversity and complexity of the molecules and macromolecules that form the collection of substrates investigated by glycoscience. The present review illustrates how synchrotron-based experiments have contributed to our understanding in the field of structural glycobiology...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683920/computational-glycobiology-mechanistic-studies-of-carbohydrate-active-enzymes-and-implication-for-inhibitor-design
#10
Andrew P Montgomery, Kela Xiao, Xingyong Wang, Danielle Skropeta, Haibo Yu
Carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZymes) are families of essential and structurally related enzymes, which catalyze the creation, modification, and degradation of glycosidic bonds in carbohydrates to maintain essentially all kingdoms of life. CAZymes play a key role in many biological processes underpinning human health and diseases (e.g., cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's diseases, AIDS) and have thus emerged as important drug targets in the fight against pathogenesis. The realization of the full potential of CAZymes remains a significant challenge, relying on a deeper understanding of the molecular mechanisms of catalysis...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682619/structure-reactivity-relationships-of-conformationally-armed-disaccharide-donors-and-their-use-in-the-synthesis-of-a-hexasaccharide-related-to-the-capsular-polysaccharide-from-streptococcus-pneumoniae-type-37
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Thibault Angles d'Ortoli, Christoffer Hamark, Göran Widmalm
To advance the field of glycobiology, efficient synthesis methods of oligosaccharides and glycoconjugates are a requisite. In glycosylation reactions using superarmed donors, both selectivity and reactivity issues must be considered, and we herein investigate these aspects for differently protected β-linked 2-O-glycosylated glucosyl donors carrying bulky tert-butyldimethylsilyl groups to different extents. The acceptors in reactions being secondary alcohols presents a challenging situation with respect to steric crowding...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649240/decoding-the-role-of-glycans-in-malaria
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REVIEW
Pollyanna S Gomes, Daniel F Feijó, Alexandre Morrot, Celio G Freire-de-Lima
Complications arising from malaria are a concern for public health authorities worldwide, since the annual caseload in humans usually exceeds millions. Of more than 160 species of Plasmodium, only 4 infect humans, with the most severe cases ascribed to Plasmodium falciparum and the most prevalent to Plasmodium vivax. Over the past 70 years, since World War II, when the first antimalarial drugs were widely used, many efforts have been made to combat this disease, including vectorial control, new drug discoveries and genetic and molecular approaches...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633281/the-sweet-side-of-the-pathogenic-neisseria-the-role-of-glycan-interactions-in-colonisation-and-disease
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Tsitsi D Mubaiwa, Evgeny A Semchenko, Lauren E Hartley-Tassell, Christopher J Day, Michael P Jennings, Kate L Seib
Glycomics is a rapidly growing field that focuses on the structure and function of carbohydrates (glycans) in biological systems. Glycan interactions play a major role in infectious disease, at all stages of colonisation and disease progression. Neisseria meningitidis, the cause of meningococcal sepsis and meningitis, and Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which causes the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea, are responsible for significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Neisseria meningitidis displays a range of surface glycosylations including capsule polysaccharide, lipooligosaccharide and O-linked glycoproteins...
July 31, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626561/enantioselective-carbohydrate-recognition-by-synthetic-lectins-in-water
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Pablo Ríos, Tiddo J Mooibroek, Tom S Carter, Christopher Williams, Miriam R Wilson, Matthew P Crump, Anthony P Davis
Carbohydrate receptors with a chiral framework have been generated by combining a tetra-aminopyrene and a C3-symmetrical triamine via isophthalamide spacers bearing water-solubilising groups. These "synthetic lectins" are the first to show enantiodiscrimination in aqueous solution, binding N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) with 16 : 1 enantioselectivity. They also show exceptional affinities. GlcNAc is bound with Ka up to 1280 M(-1), more than twice that measured for previous synthetic lectins, and three times the value for wheat germ agglutinin, the lectin traditionally employed to bind GlcNAc in glycobiological research...
May 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621497/werner-reutter-a-visionary-pioneer-in-molecular-glycobiology
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EDITORIAL
Stephan Hinderlich, Rudolf Tauber, Carolyn R Bertozzi, Christian P R Hackenberger
A creative pioneer: Werner Reutter (1937-2016) was a scientist who both made fundamental discoveries in glycobiology and reached out to disciplines beyond his core field. Many of his former colleagues and students will remember his desire to exchange research ideas, which ultimately contributed to the birth of new research fields.
July 4, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620376/the-n-glycosylation-of-mouse-immunoglobulin-g-igg-fragment-crystallizable-differs-between-igg-subclasses-and-strains
#16
Noortje de Haan, Karli R Reiding, Jasminka Krištić, Agnes L Hipgrave Ederveen, Gordan Lauc, Manfred Wuhrer
N-linked glycosylation of the fragment crystallizable (Fc)-region of immunoglobulin G (IgG) is known to have a large influence on the activity of the antibody, an effect reported to be IgG subclass specific. This situation applies both to humans and mice. The mouse is often used as experimental animal model to study the effects of Fc-glycosylation on IgG effector functions, and results are not uncommonly translated back to the human situation. However, while human IgG Fc-glycosylation has been extensively characterized in both health and disease, this is not the case for mice...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578909/editorial-overview-a-feast-of-structural-glycobiology
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EDITORIAL
Ute Krengel, Thilo Stehle
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 1, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509874/evaluation-of-the-mycobactericidal-effect-of-thio-functionalized-carbohydrate-derivatives
#18
Małgorzata Korycka-Machała, Anna Brzostek, Bożena Dziadek, Malwina Kawka, Tomasz Popławski, Zbigniew J Witczak, Jarosław Dziadek
Sugars with heteroatoms other than oxygen have attained considerable importance in glycobiology and in drug design since they are often more stable in blood plasma due to their resistance to enzymes, such as glycosidases, phosphorylases and glycosyltransferases. The replacement of oxygen atoms in sugars with sulfur forms thio-sugars, which are potentially useful for the treatment of diabetes and some bacterial and viral infections. Here, we evaluated the antibacterial activity of thio-functionalized carbohydrate derivatives...
May 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500031/labeling-glycans-on-living-cells-by-a-chemoenzymatic-glycoengineering-approach
#19
Ruben T Almaraz, Yanhong Li
Structural glycobiology has traditionally been a challenging field due to a limited set of tools available to investigate the diverse and complex glycan molecules. However, we cannot ignore that glycans play critical roles in health as well as in disease, and are present in more than 50% of all proteins and on over 80% of all surface proteins. Chemoenzymatic glycoengineering (CGE) methods are a powerful set of tools to synthesize complex glycans, but the full potential of these methods have not been explored in cell biology yet...
June 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465241/n-glycan-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Yasuhiko Kizuka, Shinobu Kitazume, Naoyuki Taniguchi
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a major form of dementia. Many evidence-based clinical trials have been performed, but no effective treatment has yet been developed. This suggests that our understanding of AD patho-mechanisms is still insufficient. In particular, the pathological roles of posttranslational modifications including glycosylation have remained poorly understood, but recent advances in glycobiology technology have gradually revealed that sugar modifications of AD-related molecules are profoundly involved in the onset and progression of this disease...
October 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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