Date of Award
Program or Major
Master of Science
Vernon N Reinhold
The formation of glycoconjugates, lipids or proteins covalently linked to carbohydrate groups in biological systems, is a universal process in every form of life studied to date. The carbohydrate moiety of glycoconjugates range in complexity from single monomers to intricately branched structures containing over a dozen residues. This complexity is further compounded by the incorporation of several different monomer types with varying linkage positions and branching patterns. The number of possible carbohydrate structures is astronomical providing significant challenges to characterize, study, and catalog these molecules. Furthermore, assigning biological consequence can be a daunting task considering the numerous interactions caused by the infinite number of biochemical reactions. Methods often focus on one type of glycoconjugate or even a single structure help understand such complexity. The projects described here will attempt to examine the role of the lipid-linked oligosaccharide (LLO) pathway in the formation of N-glycans from a genetic and structural perspective.
Wiswall, William Cobb Jr., "Characterization of T24D14(ok809) a putative alpha-1,2 glucosyltransferase in C elegans and detailed structural analysis of the lipid linked oligosaccharide pathway via MSN" (2009). Master's Theses and Capstones. 505.