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Identification of the binding roles of terminal and internal glycan epitopes using enzymatically synthesized N-glycans containing tandem epitopes

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Abstract

Glycans play diverse roles in a wide range of biological processes. Research on glycan-binding events is essential for learning their biological and pathological functions. However, the functions of terminal and internal glycan epitopes exhibited during binding with glycan-binding proteins (GBPs) and/or viruses need to be further identified. Therefore, a focused library of 36 biantennary asparagine (Asn)-linked glycans with some presenting tandem glycan epitopes was synthesized via a combined Core Isolation/Enzymatic Extension (CIEE) and one-pot multienzyme (OPME) synthetic strategy. These N-glycans include those containing a terminal sialyl N-acetyllactosamine (LacNAc), sialyl Lewis x (sLex) and Siaα2–8-Siaα2–3/6-R structures with N-acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac) or N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc) sialic acid form, LacNAc, Lewis x (Lex), α-Gal, and Galα1–3-Lex; and tandem epitopes including α-Gal, Lex, Galα1–3-Lex, LacNAc, and sialyl LacNAc, presented with an internal sialyl LacNAc or 1–2 repeats of an internal LacNAc or Lex component. They were synthesized in milligram-scale, purified to over 98% purity, and used to prepare a glycan microarray. Binding studies using selected plant lectins, antibodies, and viruses demonstrated, for the first time, that when interpreting the binding between glycans and GBPs/viruses, not only the structure of the terminal glycan epitopes, but also the internal epitopes and/or modifications of terminal epitopes needs to be taken into account.

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The article was received on 08 Sep 2016, accepted on 11 Oct 2016 and first published on 11 Oct 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6OB01982J
Citation: Org. Biomol. Chem., 2016,14, 11106-11116
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    Identification of the binding roles of terminal and internal glycan epitopes using enzymatically synthesized N-glycans containing tandem epitopes

    Z. Wu, Y. Liu, C. Ma, L. Li, J. Bai, L. Byrd-Leotis, Y. Lasanajak, Y. Guo, L. Wen, H. Zhu, J. Song, Y. Li, D. A. Steinhauer, D. F. Smith, B. Zhao, X. Chen, W. Guan and P. G. Wang, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2016, 14, 11106
    DOI: 10.1039/C6OB01982J

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