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      Glia-neuron coupling via a bipartite sialylation pathway promotes neural transmission and stress tolerance in Drosophila


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          Modification by sialylated glycans can affect protein functions, underlying mechanisms that control animal development and physiology. Sialylation relies on a dedicated pathway involving evolutionarily conserved enzymes, including CMP-sialic acid synthetase (CSAS) and sialyltransferase (SiaT) that mediate the activation of sialic acid and its transfer onto glycan termini, respectively. In Drosophila, CSAS and DSiaT genes function in the nervous system, affecting neural transmission and excitability. We found that these genes function in different cells: the function of CSAS is restricted to glia, while DSiaT functions in neurons. This partition of the sialylation pathway allows for regulation of neural functions via a glia-mediated control of neural sialylation. The sialylation genes were shown to be required for tolerance to heat and oxidative stress and for maintenance of the normal level of voltage-gated sodium channels. Our results uncovered a unique bipartite sialylation pathway that mediates glia-neuron coupling and regulates neural excitability and stress tolerance.

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              Biological roles of glycans

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              Abstract Simple and complex carbohydrates (glycans) have long been known to play major metabolic, structural and physical roles in biological systems. Targeted microbial binding to host glycans has also been studied for decades. But such biological roles can only explain some of the remarkable complexity and organismal diversity of glycans in nature. Reviewing the subject about two decades ago, one could find very few clear-cut instances of glycan-recognition-specific biological roles of glycans that were of intrinsic value to the organism expressing them. In striking contrast there is now a profusion of examples, such that this updated review cannot be comprehensive. Instead, a historical overview is presented, broad principles outlined and a few examples cited, representing diverse types of roles, mediated by various glycan classes, in different evolutionary lineages. What remains unchanged is the fact that while all theories regarding biological roles of glycans are supported by compelling evidence, exceptions to each can be found. In retrospect, this is not surprising. Complex and diverse glycans appear to be ubiquitous to all cells in nature, and essential to all life forms. Thus, >3 billion years of evolution consistently generated organisms that use these molecules for many key biological roles, even while sometimes coopting them for minor functions. In this respect, glycans are no different from other major macromolecular building blocks of life (nucleic acids, proteins and lipids), simply more rapidly evolving and complex. It is time for the diverse functional roles of glycans to be fully incorporated into the mainstream of biological sciences.

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                [1 ] Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas A&M University ( https://ror.org/01f5ytq51) College Station United States
                [2 ] Departments of Molecular and Human Genetics and Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, and Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital ( https://ror.org/02pttbw34) Houston United States
                [3 ] Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia ( https://ror.org/00te3t702) Athens United States
                [4 ] Translational Metabolic Laboratory, Department of Neurology, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, Radboud University Medical Center ( https://ror.org/05wg1m734) Nijmegen Netherlands
                University College London ( https://ror.org/02jx3x895) United Kingdom
                New York University ( https://ror.org/0190ak572) United States
                University College London ( https://ror.org/02jx3x895) United Kingdom
                University College London ( https://ror.org/02jx3x895) United Kingdom
                The Scripps Research Institute ( https://ror.org/02dxx6824) United States
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                These authors contributed equally to this work.


                Ocular Genomics Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Boston, United States.


                Departments of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, United States.


                Institute of Developmental Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.

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                The sialylation pathway is uniquely partitioned in Drosophila between glia and neurons and mediates a novel mechanism of glia-neuron coupling that regulates neural functions, promotes tolerance to heat and oxidative stress, and maintains the normal level of voltage-gated sodium channels.

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                neuron-glia interactions,sialylation,glycosylation,oxidative stress,voltage-gated sodium channel,sialyltransferase,d. melanogaster


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