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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(2), 276;

SLC35A5 Protein—A Golgi Complex Member with Putative Nucleotide Sugar Transport Activity

Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Wroclaw, 14A F. Joliot-Curie St., 50-383 Wroclaw, Poland
Human Genetics Program, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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Received: 13 November 2018 / Revised: 18 December 2018 / Accepted: 7 January 2019 / Published: 11 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Biochemistry)
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Solute carrier family 35 member A5 (SLC35A5) is a member of the SLC35A protein subfamily comprising nucleotide sugar transporters. However, the function of SLC35A5 is yet to be experimentally determined. In this study, we inactivated the SLC35A5 gene in the HepG2 cell line to study a potential role of this protein in glycosylation. Introduced modification affected neither N- nor O-glycans. There was also no influence of the gene knock-out on glycolipid synthesis. However, inactivation of the SLC35A5 gene caused a slight increase in the level of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans. Moreover, inactivation of the SLC35A5 gene resulted in the decrease of the uridine diphosphate (UDP)-glucuronic acid, UDP-N-acetylglucosamine, and UDP-N-acetylgalactosamine Golgi uptake, with no influence on the UDP-galactose transport activity. Further studies demonstrated that SLC35A5 localized exclusively to the Golgi apparatus. Careful insight into the protein sequence revealed that the C-terminus of this protein is extremely acidic and contains distinctive motifs, namely DXEE, DXD, and DXXD. Our studies show that the C-terminus is directed toward the cytosol. We also demonstrated that SLC35A5 formed homomers, as well as heteromers with other members of the SLC35A protein subfamily. In conclusion, the SLC35A5 protein might be a Golgi-resident multiprotein complex member engaged in nucleotide sugar transport. View Full-Text
Keywords: nucleotide sugar transporters; Golgi apparatus; glycosylation nucleotide sugar transporters; Golgi apparatus; glycosylation

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Sosicka, P.; Bazan, B.; Maszczak-Seneczko, D.; Shauchuk, Y.; Olczak, T.; Olczak, M. SLC35A5 Protein—A Golgi Complex Member with Putative Nucleotide Sugar Transport Activity. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20, 276.

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