Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation: A Concise Chart of Glycocalyx Dysfunction

Trends Biochem Sci. 2015 Jul;40(7):377-84. doi: 10.1016/j.tibs.2015.03.002. Epub 2015 Mar 31.


Glycosylation is a ubiquitous modification of lipids and proteins. Despite the essential contribution of glycoconjugates to the viability of all living organisms, diseases of glycosylation in humans have only been identified over the past few decades. The recent development of next-generation DNA sequencing techniques has accelerated the pace of discovery of novel glycosylation defects. The description of multiple mutations across glycosylation pathways not only revealed tremendous diversity in functional impairments, but also pointed to phenotypic similarities, emphasizing the interconnected flow of substrates underlying glycan assembly. The current list of 100 known glycosylation disorders provides an overview of the significance of glycosylation in human development and physiology.

Keywords: CDG; Golgi; disease; endoplasmic reticulum; glycoprotein.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation / metabolism*
  • Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation / pathology
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum / metabolism
  • Glycocalyx / metabolism*
  • Glycoproteins / metabolism
  • Glycosylation
  • Glycosyltransferases / physiology
  • Golgi Apparatus / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational*


  • Glycoproteins
  • Glycosyltransferases