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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(2), 390; doi:10.3390/ijms19020390

Unravelling Immunoglobulin G Fc N-Glycosylation: A Dynamic Marker Potentiating Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine

School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup 6027, Australia
Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, King’s College London, London SE1 7EH, UK
Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University, Bentley 6102, Australia
Co-Operative Research Centre for Mental Health, Carlton South 3053, Australia
Key Municipal Laboratory of Clinical Epidemiology, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100054, China
Taishan Medical University, Taian Shi 271016, China
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Received: 28 November 2017 / Revised: 10 January 2018 / Accepted: 24 January 2018 / Published: 29 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology)
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Multiple factors influence immunoglobulin G glycosylation, which in turn affect the glycoproteins’ function on eliciting an anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory response. It is prudent to underscore these processes when considering the use of immunoglobulin G N-glycan moieties as an indication of disease presence, progress, or response to therapeutics. It has been demonstrated that the altered expression of genes that encode enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of immunoglobulin G N-glycans, receptors, or complement factors may significantly modify immunoglobulin G effector response, which is important for regulating the immune system. The immunoglobulin G N-glycome is highly heterogenous; however, it is considered an interphenotype of disease (a link between genetic predisposition and environmental exposure) and so has the potential to be used as a dynamic biomarker from the perspective of predictive, preventive, and personalised medicine. Undoubtedly, a deeper understanding of how the multiple factors interact with each other to alter immunoglobulin G glycosylation is crucial. Herein we review the current literature on immunoglobulin G glycoprotein structure, immunoglobulin G Fc glycosylation, associated receptors, and complement factors, the downstream effector functions, and the factors associated with the heterogeneity of immunoglobulin G glycosylation. View Full-Text
Keywords: immunoglobulin G; glycosylation; effector function; biomarker; environmental factors; glycomics immunoglobulin G; glycosylation; effector function; biomarker; environmental factors; glycomics

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Russell, A.; Adua, E.; Ugrina, I.; Laws, S.; Wang, W. Unravelling Immunoglobulin G Fc N-Glycosylation: A Dynamic Marker Potentiating Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 390.

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