Protein of The Month


August: Galactosyltransferase
Origin: Sugar moieties are components in complex carbohydrates and glycoconjugates. Such functional groups can be important by conferring for example regioselectivity, stereospecificity or solubility in non-aqueous solvents.
Application: Enzymatic glycosylation has been recognized as the preferred method to complement classical synthetic techniques.
How: Galactosyltransferase belongs to a group of enzymes known as glycosyltransferase. As the name suggests it functions by catalyzing the transfer of galactosyl molecules in the synthesis of oligosaccharides.
Did you know: The α-Galactose epitope is ubiquitously presented in non-primate mammals, but it is absent in humans. This is an explanation for hyperacute rejection in humans of organs transplanted from α‑gal donors.

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