Glycoconjugate Journal

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 204–209 | Cite as

Expression of recombinant rabbit UDP-GlcNAc:α3-d-mannoside β-1,2-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase I catalytic domain in Sf9 insect cells

  • Mohan Sarkar


UDP-GlcNAc:α3-d-mannoside β-1,2-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase I (GnT I; EC catalyses a key reaction in the conversion of oligomannose to complex and hybridN-glycans. The cytoplasmic tail and transmembrane segment of rabbit GnT I cDNA were replaced with an in-frame cleavable signal sequence and the hybrid construct was inserted into the genome ofAutographa californica nuclear polyhedrosis virus (AcMNPV) under the control of the polyhedrin promoter. Sf9 insect cells were infected with the recombinant baculovirus and the enzymatically active and soluble catalytic domain of GnT I was purified from the medium (1–5 mg 1−1) in two steps to a specific activity of abut 2 µmol min−1 mg−1 protein. Recombinant GnT I has been used for the chemical-enzymatic synthesis of analogues of Manα1-6[GlcNAcβ1-2Manα1-3]Manβ-O-octyl.


recombinant N-acetylglucosaminyl transferaseI N-glycans baculovirus insect cells 



Autographa californica nuclear polyhedrosis virus


fetal calf serum

1 µmol min−1

international enzyme unit


myelin associated glycoprotein


multiplicity of infection


plaque forming units


sodium dodecyl sulfate/polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis

Sf9 cells

Spodoptera frugiperda insect cells


UDP-GlcNAc:α3-d-mannoside β1,2-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase I (EC


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohan Sarkar
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  2. 2.The Protein Engineering Network of Centres of Excellence, Canada (PENCE)Canada

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