NIH3T3 cells transfected with an activated Ha-ras oncogene were treated with L-PHA, the leukoagglutinin from red kidney beans. Cell lines resistant to L-PHA-mediated cytotoxicity were isolated and found to contain reduced levels of L-PHA-binding oligosaccharides. The levels of N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase V, the enzyme responsible for the initiation of the β1-6 branch, were reduced in L-PHA-resistant cells. Tumorigenicity in nude mice was unchanged by the change in oligosaccharide expression, but the ability to form lung tumors after intravenous injection was significantly reduced. These results demonstrate that the ability of NIH3T3 cells transfected with an activated Ha-ras oncogene to form lung tumors after intravenous injection into nude mice is reduced in all six L-PHA selected cell lines containing a reduction in β1-6 branched Asn-linked oligosaccharides.
- GlcNAc-T V
- lectin-affinity chromatography
- β1-6 branched oligosaccharides
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research