Glycosylation Mutants of Mice and Animal Cells

Project: Research project

Project Details


The long term goal of this project is to identify biological roles for mammalian glycans in development
and cancer. Glycosyltransferase gene mutants of mice, embryonic stem (ES) cells and CHO cells will be
used to investigate the basis of cell-type specific blocks to differentiation and transformation caused by
alterations in specific glycans. Our recent studies show that 1) oocyte-specific knockout of complex and
hybrid 7V-glycans compromises ovulation and oocyte developmental competence, but fertilization,
blastogenesis and implantation proceed in the absence of these glycans;2) the bisecting GlcNAc on
complex W-glycans of non-hepatocyte glycoprotein(s) promotes hepatocarcinogenesis and liver
regeneration after partial hepatectomy;and 3) deletion of mouse protein O-fucosyltransferase 1 generates
a canonical Notch signaling phenotype identifying the Pofutl gene as an essential component of the Notch
signaling pathway. We now propose in Specific Aim 1 to investigate the molecular basis of the
requirement for complex and hybrid A/-glycans in oogenesis, and to identify roles of mucin O-glycans and
Ofucose glycans in early development after oocyte-specific deletion of the core 1 p3GalT-l (Clgaltl) or
Pofutl genes. In Specific Aim 2 the hypothesis that a triantennary, GlcNAc-terminating complex N-
glycan is required for spermatogenesis will be investigated by deletion of a novel GlcNAc-transferase
gene that is expressed almost exclusively in testis and by eliminating complex and hybrid vV-glycans from
spermatocytes, spermatogonia or Sertoli cells. The Pofutl gene will also be deleted in spermatocytes and
spermatogonia or Sertoli cells to identify roles for Notch signaling in spermatogenesis. In Specific Aim 3
the hypothesis that the Mgat3 gene may function as a tumor suppressor in mammary gland will be tested
in the MMTV-Polyoma middle T (PyMT) mammary tumor model which metastasizes to lung and in cell
signaling assays. In addition, roles for N- and 0-fucose glycans and Notch signaling will be investigated
in mammary gland development and transformation by selective deletion of the Mgatl and Pofutl genes
in mammary epithelia before puberty using MMTVCre, or during pregnancy using whey acidic protein
(WAP) Cre recombinase.
Effective start/end date1/1/9011/30/11


  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Cancer Institute


  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
  • Immunology


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