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Glycosyltransferase Inhibitors

Sat Nov 25 06:09:57 EST 1995

I was wondering if there are any commercially available inhibitors of
glycosyltransferases (specifically sialyltransferase and
In particular, I am interested in agents which can be used to treat cells
order to subtly alter their protein glycosylation patterns. I have tried 
mannosidase inhibitors, but these act at an early stage in oligosaccharide 
elongation and processing to prevent the transfer of a number of terminal
residues, so it is difficult to attribute any changes in protein function
are observed to individual sugar residues.

Kieran Breen, Dept. of Pharmacology,                  
University of Dundee,                   
Ninewells Hospital & Medical School,    
Dundee DD1 9SY,Scotland, U.K.                                              

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