Genetic Interactions Between Drosophila sialyltransferase and β1,4-N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-A Genes Indicate Their Involvement in the Same Pathway Academic Article uri icon


  • Sialylated glycans play a prominent role in the Drosophila nervous system where they are involved in the regulation of neural transmission. However, the functional pathway of sialylation in invertebrates, including Drosophila, remains largely unknown. Here we used a combination of genetic and behavioral approaches to shed light on the Drosophila sialylation pathway. We examined genetic interactions between Drosophila sialyltransferase (DSiaT) and β1,4-N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase (β4GalNAcT) genes. Our results indicated that β4GalNAcTA and DSiaT cooperate within the same functional pathway that regulates neural transmission. We found that β4GalNAcTA is epistatic to DSiaT. Our data suggest an intriguing possibility that β4GalNAcTA may participate in the biosynthesis of sialylated glycans.

author list (cited authors)

  • Nakamura, M., Pandey, D., & Panin, V. M.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • June 2012