Regulation of glycolipid synthesis in HL-60 cells by antisense oligodeoxynucleotides to glycosyltransferase sequences: Effect on cellular differentiation

Guichao Zeng, Toshio Ariga, Xin Bin Gu, Robert K. Yu

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Treatment of the human promyelocytic leukemia cell line HL-60 with antisense oligodeoxynucleotides to UDP-N-acetylgalactosamine:β-1,4-N- acetylgalactosaminyl-transferase (GM2-synthase; EC and CMP-sialic acid:α-2,8-sialyltransferase (GD3-synthase; EC sequences effectively down-regulated the synthesis of more complex gangliosides in the ganglioside synthetic pathways after GM3, resulting in a remarkable increase in endogenous GM3 with concomitant decreases in more complex gangliosides. The treated cells underwent monocytic differentiation as judged by morphological changes, adherent ability, and nitroblue tetrazolium staining. These data provide evidence that the increased endogenous ganglioside GM3 may play an important role in regulating cellular differentiation and that the antisense DNA technique proves to be a powerful tool in manipulating glycolipid synthesis in the cell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8670-8674
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number19
StatePublished - Sep 12 1995
Externally publishedYes



  • cell maturation
  • gangliosides
  • gene expression

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