Control of metastasis by Asn-linked, B1-6 branched oligosaccharides in mouse mammary cancer cells

P. James Seberger, William G. Chaney

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Abstract

Studies in cell lines and malignant human tissues have shown that increased cell-surface Asn-linked β1-6(GlcNAcβ1-6Man) branching is associated with increased tumorigenic and metastatic properties. In this study, three mouse mammary cancer cell lines were transfected with an expression vector containing the mouse cDNA for N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase V (GlcNAcT-V EC 2.4.1.155), the glycosyltransferase responsible for initiating β1-6 branching on Asn-linked carbohydrates. The cell lines were screened for increased cytotoxicity to L-PHA, a lectin specific for β1-6 branching structures. Cell lines exhibiting increased L-PHA cytotoxicity expressed increased levels of β1-6 branching structures. Northern blots detected the presence of GlcNAcT-V transcribed from the expression vector in the L-PHA sensitive cell lines. After injection into the tail veins of mice, transfected cell lines with increased β1-6 branching on the cell surface formed elevated levels of lung tumors relative to control transfected cell lines (P < 0.002). Western blots of membrane proteins from GlcNAcT-V transfected and control cells probed with the lectins DSA and WGA did not show an increase in polyN-acetyl-lactosamine and sialic acid content in the transfected cell lines. These results demonstrate that a specific increase in β1-6 branching due to an elevation in GlcNAcT-V expression increases metastatic potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-241
Number of pages7
JournalGlycobiology
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1999

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Oligosaccharides
Cells
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasm Metastasis
Cell Line
alpha-1,6-mannosylglycoprotein beta 1,6-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase
Cytotoxicity
Lectins
Glycosyltransferases
N-Acetylneuraminic Acid
Northern Blotting
Tail
Tumors
Veins
Membrane Proteins
Complementary DNA
Western Blotting
Carbohydrates
Tissue
Lung

Keywords

  • GlcNAcT-V
  • Metastasis
  • Transfection
  • β1-6 branched oligosaccharides

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  • Biochemistry

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Control of metastasis by Asn-linked, B1-6 branched oligosaccharides in mouse mammary cancer cells. / Seberger, P. James; Chaney, William G.

In: Glycobiology, Vol. 9, No. 3, 03.1999, p. 235-241.

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Seberger, P. James ; Chaney, William G. / Control of metastasis by Asn-linked, B1-6 branched oligosaccharides in mouse mammary cancer cells. In: Glycobiology. 1999 ; Vol. 9, No. 3. pp. 235-241.
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