Transglycosylation and reverse hydrolysis reactions of endoglycoceramidase from the jellyfish, Cyanea nozakii

J Biochem. 2001 Aug;130(2):263-8. doi: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.jbchem.a002981.


Endoglycoceramidase (EGCase: EC is an enzyme capable of cleaving the glycosidic linkage between oligosaccharides and ceramides in various glycosphingolipids. We report here transglycosylation and reverse hydrolysis reactions of EGCase from the jellyfish Cynaea nozakii. Various alkyl-GM1 oligosaccharides (alkyl-II(3)NeuAcGgOse4) were synthesized when GM1 ganglioside was treated with the EGCase in the presence of 1-alkanols. Among various 1-alkanols tested, methanol was found to be the most preferential acceptor, followed by 1-hexanol and 1-pentanol. GM1 was the best donor, followed by GD1b and GT1b, when methanol was used as an acceptor. However, neither globoside nor glucosylceramide was utilized by the enzyme as a donor substrate. The enzyme transferred oligosaccharides from various glycosphingolipids to NBD-ceramide, a fluorescent ceramide, producing NBD-labeled glycosphingolipids. In addition to the transglycosylation reaction, the enzyme catalyzed the reverse hydrolysis reaction; lactose was condensed to ceramide to generate lactosylceramide in the presence of the enzyme. These results indicate that the jellyfish enzyme will facilitate the synthesis of various neoglycoconjugates and glycosphingolipids.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alcohols / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Carbon Radioisotopes / metabolism
  • Ceramides / metabolism
  • G(M1) Ganglioside / metabolism
  • Glycoside Hydrolases / metabolism*
  • Glycosphingolipids / chemistry
  • Glycosphingolipids / metabolism
  • Glycosylation
  • Scyphozoa / enzymology*
  • Scyphozoa / metabolism
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization


  • Alcohols
  • Carbon Radioisotopes
  • Ceramides
  • Glycosphingolipids
  • G(M1) Ganglioside
  • Glycoside Hydrolases
  • endoglycoceramidase