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Baculovirus infection reduced UDP-galactose level in spodoptera frugiperda insect cells

Yap, Wei Ney and Abdul Rahman, Badarulhisam and Abdul Aziz, Azila (2005) Baculovirus infection reduced UDP-galactose level in spodoptera frugiperda insect cells. In: 15th MSMBB Annual Scientific Meeting, 4-5 April 2005, Kuala Lumpur.



Incomplete glycosylation is always an issue in the expression of recombinant glycoprotein in Baculovirus-Insect Cell Expression System (BEVS). The factors that ensure successful glycosylations are in the presence of sufficient amount of glycosyltransferases, sugar nucleotides as the substance donor and the recombinant protein as the substrate acceptor. Insect cell lines have been reported to produce small amount of β-1,4galactosyltransferase (β-1,4GaIT) and thus insufficient for effective galactosylation. In our approach, recombinant β-1, 4GalT is being introduced during protein expression by the co-infection with baculovirus carrying, bovine β-1, 4GalT. In this paper, we report our finding on native UDP-Galactose level at normal and upon baculovirus infection in Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf-9) insect cells. We established and monitored native UDP-Galactose content in Sf-9 insect cells using Reverse Phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography. It was found that UDP-Galactose concentration decreased gradually once infected with the recombinant baculovirus. Although UDP-Galactose content was at 0.009 mg/ml prior infection, the level dropped to almost zero upon five days of infection and thus insufficient for effective galactosylation. This interesting finding suggests that the introduction of β-1,4GalT alone is not sufficient for successful galactosylation.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Baculovirus infection, insect cell, spodoptera frugiperda, UDP-galactose level
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions:Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering
ID Code:5410
Deposited By: Norhani Jusoh
Deposited On:17 Apr 2008 09:44
Last Modified:01 Jun 2010 15:30

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