Analysis of Protein Glycosylation in the ER

  • Jennifer Schoberer
  • Yun-Ji Shin
  • Ulrike Vavra
  • Christiane Veit
  • Richard StrasserEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1691)


Protein N-glycosylation is an essential posttranslational modification which is initiated in the endoplasmic reticulum. In plants, the N-glycans play a pivotal role for protein folding and quality control. Through the interaction of glycan processing and binding reactions mediated by ER-resident glycosidases and specific carbohydrate binding proteins, the N-glycans contribute to the adoption of a native protein conformation. Properly folded glycoproteins are released from these processes and allowed to continue their transit to the Golgi where further processing and maturation of N-glycans leads to the formation of more complex structures with different functions. Incompletely folded glycoproteins are removed from the ER by a highly conserved degradation process to prevent the accumulation or secretion of misfolded proteins and maintain ER homeostasis. Here, we describe methods to analyze the N-glycosylation status and the glycan-dependent ER-associated degradation process in plants.

Key words

N-glycosylation Glycoprotein Oligosaccharyltransferase Quality control ERAD 



We would like to thank Friedrich Altmann and Daniel Maresch (both Department of Chemistry) for LC-ESI-MS-analysis. This work was supported by grants from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): P28218 and T655-B20.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Schoberer
    • 1
  • Yun-Ji Shin
    • 1
  • Ulrike Vavra
    • 1
  • Christiane Veit
    • 1
  • Richard Strasser
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Applied Genetics and Cell BiologyUniversity of Natural Resources and Life SciencesViennaAustria

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