Glycoconj J 2010 May 27;27(4):427-33. Epub 2010 Apr 27.
Department of Blood Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Beijing Institute of Transfusion Medicine, 27# Taiping Road, Beijing, 100850, China.
It has been reported that: (1) large variations were found in the number of sialic acid (SA) capped with N-acetyllactosamines (SA-Galbeta1-4GlcNAc-R) and alpha-Gal epitopes (Galalpha1-3Galbeta1-4GlcNAc-R) or uncapped N-acetyllactosamines (Galbeta1-4GlcNAc-R) on different mammalian red blood cells, and on nucleated cells originating from a given tissue in various species; (2) goat, sheep, horse and mouse red blood cells lack alpha-Gal epitopes, despite the expression of this epitope on a variety of nucleated cells in these species, including lymphocytes differentiated from the same hematopoietic origin. In this study, flow cytometry and Western blot analyses of pig red blood cells showed that alpha-Gal epitopes on pig red cells developed concomitantly after treatment with neuraminidase, suggesting that the terminal N-acetyllactosaminide glycans were capped with SA-alpha-Gal epitopes. Whereas, the expression of the alpha-Gal epitopes on red blood cells from Sika deer (Cevus nippon hortulorum) were found to be absent even though the epitopes were present on their white blood cells. Read More