Large-Scale Measurement of Absolute Protein Glycosylation Stoichiometry

Sun S, Zhang H. Anal Chem. 2015 Jul 7;87(13):6479-82. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.5b01679. PMID: 26066578

Protein glycosylation is one of the most important protein modifications. Glycosylation site occupancy alteration has been implicated in human diseases and cancers. However, current glycoproteomic methods focus on the identification and quantification of glycosylated peptides and glycosylation sites but not glycosylation occupancy or glycoform stoichiometry. Here we describe a method for large-scale determination of the absolute glycosylation stoichiometry using three independent relative ratios. Using this method, we determined 117 absolute N-glycosylation occupancies in OVCAR-3 cells. Finally, we investigated the possible functions and the determinants for partial glycosylation.