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Various Types of N-glycan Analysis Service

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The synthesis of N-glycan requires the formation of lipid-linked oligosaccharide precursors, which are transported to new proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum, and N-glycan are linked to ASN asparagine in the common sequence ASN-X-Ser/Thr. All eukaryotes produce N-glycan and retain the first step in the synthesis of this polyterpenoid alcohol-oligosaccharide precursor and the sequential processing reactions in the endoplasmic reticulum.

The diversity of N-glycan, that is, high-mannose N-glycan in Golgi apparatus can be transformed into all kinds of hybrid and complex N-glycan subtypes, which is due to the presence of enzymes encoded by vertebrate genomes, including glycosyltransferases and glycosidases present in endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus. These enzymes show significant substrate specificity and unique expression patterns, so the structure of N-glycan changes in certain types of cell.

Creative Proteomics, as a leading biotechnology company, provides various types of N-glycan analysis service in animal, including high-mannose, hybrid and complex N-glycan metabolism analysis service. Relying on the advanced mass spectrometry and experienced research team, Creative Proteomics testing platform provides high-quality, fast and accurate one-stop testing service to support your scientific research.

Various types of N-glycan biosynthesis and N-glycan recognition in animalsFig 1. Various types of N-glycan biosynthesis and N-glycan recognition in animals (Tivey et al., 2020).


  • High coverage of N-glycans
  • High sensitivity and few detection restrictions
  • High precision and good repeatability
  • Analysis for compounds which are difficult to be separated

Experimental process

Creative Proteomics provides various types of N-glycan analysis to identify linkage sites, monitor specific glycan types and determine the relative content of specific glycan groups.

  • Sample preparation
  • Samples are offered according to the following requirement.

  • N-glycan release
  • Glycans are released by enzymatic digestion, such as PNGase F, thus various types of N-glycan are released and to be sorted.

  • Glycan purification
  • Various types of N-glycan are purified to remove interfering material before labelling.

  • Methylation of released N-glycan
  • A methyl group is introduced onto each free hydroxyl group.

  • Cleavage glycans with glycoside exonuclease or acid hydrolysis
  • Glycosidic linkages are cleaved to produce partially methylated monosaccharides.

  • Reduction and derivatization
  • Methylated monosaccharide are ring-opened and labelled.

  • Analysed and quantified by HPLC or LC-MS
  • Detection of released N-glycan by apparatus.

Service workflow

Schematic of enzymatic N-glycan released from protein and workflow for characterization of the released glycansFig 2. Schematic of enzymatic N-glycan released from protein and workflow for characterization of the released glycans (Dallas, Lee, Parc, de Moura Bell, & Barile, 2013).

Sample requirement

  • Serum/plasma: 500 μl/sample.
  • Repeated freezing and thawing of samples must be avoided. The serum sample should be precipitated in the collection tube for 30 minutes at room temperature, then transported to the centrifuge tube and centrifuged at 8000 rpm for 5 minutes. After centrifugation, the supernatant was equally divided into a freezing tube of 500 uL / sample.

  • Protein: 100 µg
  • Anticoagulated blood (EDTA): 1 mL.
  • Anticoagulants and preservatives must be added immediately after collection and then frozen at -80°C.

  • Urine: 1 ml/sample.
  • Urine samples should be equally divided into centrifuge tubes with 1 mL per tube, each tube is added with 1/100 (w/v) sodium azide and stored at -80°C.

  • Animal tissues: 200 mg/sample.
  • Samples should be frozen in liquid nitrogen immediately and then transported to -80°C for storage after collected.

  • Cells: ≥ 1 × 107/sample.
  • Cytoactive should be terminated immediately to maintaining cell integrity.

  • Feces: 500 mg/sample

In general, to assure enough sample to fulfill the whole project, the volume of the single sample need to be offered as much as possible. The remaining samples will be stored for one year free of charge and returned at any time if necessary. All samples need to be stored and transported at-80°C.

Clinical samples are repeated in no less than 30 cases in a single group.

Animal samples are repeated in no less than 9 cases in a single group.

Report delivery

  • Experimental procedure
  • Parameters of HPLC and MS
  • Raw data, chromatograms and mass spectra
  • Metabolites quantification data
  • Custom analysis report

Service cycle

  • Sample testing: 5-10 working days
  • Data analysis: 5-10 working days

Creative Proteomics metabolism analysis platform is committed to the all-around, reliable and accurate analysis service for a variety of target substances, which is suitable for life-science research, drug exploration, biological determination and other fields. We sincerely hope to cooperate with you to assistant your scientific research.


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  2. Mereiter, S., Balmana, M., Gomes, J., Magalhaes, A., & Reis, C. A. (2016). Glycomic Approaches for the Discovery of Targets in Gastrointestinal Cancer. Front Oncol, 6, 55. doi:10.3389/fonc.2016.00055.
  3. Tivey, T. R., Parkinson, J. E., Mandelare, P. E., Adpressa, D. A., Peng, W., Dong, Loesgen, S. (2020). N-Linked Surface Glycan Biosynthesis, Composition, Inhibition, and Function in Cnidarian-Dinoflagellate Symbiosis. Microb Ecol, 80(1), 223-236. doi:10.1007/s00248-020-01487-9.
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