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Zhu, J;Ruan, Y;Fu, X;Zhang, LC;Ge, GS;Wall, JG;Zou, T;Zheng, Y;Ding, N;Hu, XJ
2020
April
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
An Engineered Pathway for Production of Terminally Sialylated N-glycoproteins in the Periplasm of Escherichia coli
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ANTIINFLAMMATORY ACTIVITY BACTERIAL GLYCOSYLATION PROTEIN GLYCOSYLATION ACID
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Terminally sialylated N-glycoproteins are of great interest in therapeutic applications. Due to the inability of prokaryotes to carry out this post-translational modification, they are currently predominantly produced in eukaryotic host cells. In this study, we report a synthetic pathway to produce a terminally sialylated N-glycoprotein in the periplasm of Escherichia coli, mimicking the sialylated moiety (Neu5Ac-alpha-2,6-Gal-beta-1,4-GlcNAc-) of human glycans. A sialylated pentasaccharide, Neu5Ac-alpha-2,6-Gal-beta-1,4-GlcNAc-beta-1,3-Gal-beta-1,3-GlcNAc-, was synthesized through the activity of co-expressed glycosyltransferases LsgCDEF from Haemophilus influenzae, Campylobacter jejuni NeuBCA enzymes, and Photobacterium leiognathi alpha-2,6-sialyltransferase in an engineered E. coli strain which produces CMP-Neu5Ac. C. jejuni oligosaccharyltransferase PglB was used to transfer the terminally sialylated glycan onto a glyco-recognition sequence in the tenth type III cell adhesion module of human fibronectin. Sialylation of the target protein was confirmed by lectin blotting and mass spectrometry. This proof-of-concept study demonstrates the successful production of terminally sialylated, homogeneous N-glycoproteins with alpha-2,6-linkages in the periplasm of E. coli and will facilitate the construction of E. coli strains capable of producing terminally sialylated N-glycoproteins in high yield.
2296-4185
10.3389/fbioe.2020.00313
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