Heparan sulfate biosynthetic system is inhibited in human glioma due to EXT1/2 and HS6ST1/2 down-regulation

Victor S. Ushakov, Alexandra Y. Tsidulko, Gabin De La Bourdonnaye, Galina M. Kazanskaya, Alexander M. Volkov, Roman S. Kiselev, Vyacheslav V. Kobozev, Diana V. Kostromskaya, Alexey S. Gaytan, Alexei L. Krivoshapkin, Svetlana V. Aidagulova, Elvira V. Grigorieva

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Heparan sulfate (HS) is an important component of the extracellular matrix and cell surface, which plays a key role in cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. Functional activity of HS directly depends on its structure, which determined by a complex system of HS biosynthetic enzymes. During malignant transformation, the system can undergo significant changes, but for glioma, HS biosynthesis has not been studied in detail. In this study, we performed a comparative analysis of the HS biosynthetic system in human gliomas of different grades. RT-PCR analysis showed that the overall transcriptional activity of the main HS biosynthesis-involved genes (EXT1, EXT2, NDST1, NDST2, GLCE, HS2ST1, HS3ST1, HS3ST2, HS6ST1, HS6ST2, SULF1, SULF2, HPSE) was decreased by 1.5-2-fold in Grade II-III glioma (p < 0.01) and by 3-fold in Grade IV glioma (glioblastoma multiforme, GBM) (p < 0.05), as compared with the para-tumourous tissue. The inhibition was mainly due to the elongation (a decrease in EXT1/2 expression by 3-4-fold) and 6-O-sulfation steps (a decrease in 6OST1/2 expression by 2-5-fold) of the HS biosynthesis. Heparanase (HPSE) expression was identified in 50% of GBM tumours by immunostaining, and was characterised by a high intratumoural heterogeneity of the presence of the HPSE protein. The detected disorganisation of the HS biosynthetic system in gliomas might be a potential molecular mechanism for the changes of HS structure and content in tumour microenvironments, contributing to the invasion of glioma cells and the development of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2301
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


  • Biosynthesis
  • Extracellular matrix
  • Glioma
  • Heparan sulfate
  • Heparanase
  • Invasion
  • Sulfotransferase
  • Tumour microenvironment
  • heparanase
  • sulfotransferase
  • heparan sulfate
  • invasion
  • biosynthesis
  • glioma
  • tumour microenvironment
  • extracellular matrix

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