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Glycans modify mesenchymal stem cell differentiation to impact on the function of resulting osteoblasts

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JournalJournal of Cell Science
DateAccepted/In press - 2 Jan 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 11 Jan 2018
DatePublished (current) - 14 Feb 2018
Issue number4
Number of pages11
Early online date11/01/18
Original languageEnglish


Glycans are inherently heterogeneous, yet glycosylation is essential in eukaryotes, and glycans show characteristic cell type-dependent distributions. By using an immortalized human mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) line model, we show that both N- and O-glycan processing in the Golgi functionally modulates early steps of osteogenic differentiation. We found that inhibiting O-glycan processing in the Golgi prior to the start of osteogenesis inhibited the mineralization capacity of the formed osteoblasts 3 weeks later. In contrast, inhibition of N-glycan processing in MSCs altered differentiation to enhance the mineralization capacity of the osteoblasts. The effect of N-glycans on MSC differentiation was mediated by the phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway owing to reduced Akt phosphorylation. Interestingly, by inhibiting PI3K during the first 2 days of osteogenesis, we were able to phenocopy the effect of inhibiting N-glycan processing. Thus, glycan processing provides another layer of regulation that can modulate the functional outcome of differentiation. Glycan processing can thereby offer a novel set of targets for many therapeutically attractive processes.

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    Research areas

  • Glycan processing, Hydroxyapatite, Kifunensine, Osteogenesis, PI3K signalling



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