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Mouse development is not obviously affected by the absence of dermatan sulfate epimerase 2 in spite of a modified brain dermatan sulfate composition.
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PMID:  22496542     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Dermatan sulfate epimerase 2 (DS-epi2), together with its homologue DS-epi1, transform glucuronic acid into iduronic acid in dermatan sulfate polysaccharide chains. Iduronic acid gives dermatan sulfate increased chain flexibility and promotes protein binding. DS-epi2 is ubiquitously expressed and is the predominant epimerase in brain. Here we report the generation and initial characterization of DS-epi2 null mice. DS-epi2 deficient mice showed no anatomical, histological or morphological abnormalities. The body weights and lengths of mutated and wild-type littermates were indistinguishable. They were fertile and had a normal lifespan. Chondroitin/dermatan sulfate (CS/DS) isolated from newborn mutated mouse brains had a 38% reduction in iduronic acid compared to wild type littermates and compositional analysis revealed a decrease of 4-O-sulfate and an increase of 6-O-sulfate containing structures. Despite the reduction in iduronic acid, adult DS-epi2-/- brain showed normal extracellular matrix features by immunohistological stainings. We conclude that DS-epi1 compensates in vivo for the loss of DS-epi2.. These results extend previous findings of functional redundancy of brain extracellular matrix components.
Barbara Bartolini; Martin A Thelin; Uwe Rauch; Ricardo Feinstein; Ake Oldberg; Anders Malmström; Marco Maccarana
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-10
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Title:  Glycobiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1460-2423     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
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Created Date:  2012-4-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9104124     Medline TA:  Glycobiology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Experimental Medical Science, Biomedical Center D12, Lund University, SE-221 84 Lund, Sweden.
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