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The biosynthesis of heparan sulfate (HS) proteoglycans occurs in the Golgi compartment of cells and will determine the sulfation pattern of HS chains, which in turn will have a large impact on the biological activity of the proteoglycans. Earlier studies in mice have demonstrated the importance of HS for embryonic development. In this review, the enzymes participating in zebrafish HS biosynthesis, along with a description of enzyme mutants available for functional studies, are presented. The consequences of the zebrafish genome duplication and maternal transcript contribution are briefly discussed as are the possibilities of CRISPR/Cas9 methodologies to use the zebrafish model system for studies of biosynthesis as well as proteoglycan biology.


Beata Filipek-Górniok, Judith Habicher, Johan Ledin, Lena Kjellén. Heparan Sulfate Biosynthesis in Zebrafish. The journal of histochemistry and cytochemistry : official journal of the Histochemistry Society. 2021 Jan;69(1):49-60

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PMID: 33216642

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