QUANTITY: An Isobaric Tag for Quantitative Glycomics

Yang S, Wang M, Chen L, Yin B, Song G, Turko IV, Phinney KW, Betenbaugh MJ, Zhang H, Li S. Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 30;5:17585. doi: 10.1038/srep17585. PMID: 26616285

Glycan is an important class of macromolecules that play numerous biological functions. Quantitative glycomics–analysis of glycans at global level–however, is far behind genomics and proteomics owing to technical challenges associated with their chemical properties and structural complexity. As a result, technologies that can facilitate global glycan analysis are highly sought after. Here, we present QUANTITY (Quaternary Amine Containing Isobaric Tag for Glycan), a quantitative approach that can not only enhance detection of glycans by mass spectrometry, but also allow high-throughput glycomic analysis from multiple biological samples. This robust tool enabled us to accomplish glycomic survey of bioengineered Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells with knock-in/out enzymes involved in protein glycosylation. Our results demonstrated QUANTITY is an invaluable technique for glycan analysis and bioengineering.