Assaying sialyltransferase activity with surface plasmon resonance

Christian Plath, Thomas Weimar, Hannelore Peters, Thomas Peters*

*Corresponding author for this work
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Here, we describe an activity assay for sialyltransferases based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR). Different natural and synthetic oligosaccharides serving as acceptor substrates for the sialyl-transferase ST3Gal-III (EC were immobilized or synthesized on SPR chips. The chip was then exposed to different concentrations of a reaction mixture of ST3Gal-III and CMP-Neu5Ac either by injection or by external application of the reaction mixture to the chip surface. The binding of two lectins, one that specifically recognizes the unmodified acceptor, the other the sialylated oligosaccharide, was utilized to determine the extent of enzymotic turnover. In order to obtain enzymatic activities, the SPR data were correlated to data obtained from a classical radio assay. After regeneration, that is, cleavage of the sialic acid residues by using a sialidase, the chip is available for new experiments. The technique allows the rapid determination of sialyl-transferase activity with only nanomolar quantities of acceptor substrates and should be of particular value in cases in which a large variety of samples, including cell lysates, have to be screened for their enzymatic activities.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1226-1230
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 08.2006

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)


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