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Ribitol-phosphate: chemical tools to probe the biology of a unique mammalian carbohydrate

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Project "RibiTool" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 1˙494˙411 €
 EC max contribution 1˙494˙411 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2019-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2020
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2020-02-01   to  2025-01-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF YORK UK (YORK NORTH YORKSHIRE) coordinator 1˙494˙411.00


 Project objective

Cell-surface proteins are decorated with a variety of different carbohydrate structures that play central roles in mammalian biology. The complex nature of glycan structures and the pathways by which they are assembled make it a challenging task to decipher their exact function in cells, knowledge that is essential if we are to understand how malfunctioning leads to disease. This proposal aims to deliver innovative approaches to probe a distinct pathway of glycosylation essential to mammalian biology and to use these strategies to provide novel insights into the mechanisms underlying normal cellular functioning and disease pathology. The work programme is built around a specific type of O-linked cell-surface glycan that carries two critical ribitol-phosphate (RboP) residues, unique carbohydrates that so far have not been identified in other mammalian glycoconjugates. Failure to correctly assemble this glycan causes a range of congenital muscular dystrophies known as α-dystroglycanopathies. Despite its importance in disease pathology, many aspects of RboP utilisation and functioning in mammalian cells are poorly understood. The proposed programme offers a powerful and original approach to address these key issues in cell biology by creating a set of novel chemical tools. These tools will enable the probing and manipulation of both RboP-carrying glycoconjugates as well as the enzymes responsible for installing RboP onto the glycans in a cellular context. Integration of these tools with fundamental 3-D structural information and studies in cellular models of α-dystroglycanopathy will offer the unprecedented opportunity to directly link genetic defects to molecular and cellular aspects of enzyme function and through to observed changes in glycosylation status. These pioneering strategies will impact our fundamental understanding of key processes in mammalian cells and will also enable the exploitation of this unique pathway for the design of therapeutic strategies.

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