Truncation of the TPR domain of OGT alters substrate and glycosite selection

Anal Bioanal Chem. 2021 Dec;413(30):7385-7399. doi: 10.1007/s00216-021-03731-8. Epub 2021 Nov 2.


O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) is an essential enzyme that installs O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) to thousands of protein substrates. OGT and its isoforms select from these substrates through the tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) domain, yet the impact of truncations to the TPR domain on substrate and glycosite selection is unresolved. Here, we report the effects of iterative truncations to the TPR domain of OGT on substrate and glycosite selection with the model protein GFP-JunB and the surrounding O-GlcNAc proteome in U2OS cells. Iterative truncation of the TPR domain of OGT maintains glycosyltransferase activity but alters subcellular localization of OGT in cells. The glycoproteome and glycosites modified by four OGT TPR isoforms were examined on the whole proteome and a single target protein, GFP-JunB. We found the greatest changes in O-GlcNAc on proteins associated with mRNA splicing processes and that the first four TPRs of the canonical nucleocytoplasmic OGT had the broadest substrate scope. Subsequent glycosite analysis revealed that alteration to the last four TPRs corresponded to the greatest shift in the resulting O-GlcNAc consensus sequence. This dataset provides a foundation to analyze how perturbations to the TPR domain and expression of OGT isoforms affect the glycosylation of substrates, which will be critical for future efforts in protein engineering of OGT, the biology of OGT isoforms, and diseases associated with the TPR domain of OGT.

Keywords: Glycoproteomics; O-GlcNAc; OGT; Tetratricopeptide repeats (TPRs).

MeSH terms

  • Catalytic Domain
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Glycoproteins / metabolism
  • Glycosylation
  • Humans
  • Isoenzymes / metabolism*
  • N-Acetylglucosaminyltransferases / metabolism*
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • Substrate Specificity
  • Tetratricopeptide Repeat*
  • Transcription Factors / metabolism
  • Transfection


  • Glycoproteins
  • Isoenzymes
  • JunB protein, human
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Transcription Factors
  • N-Acetylglucosaminyltransferases
  • O-GlcNAc transferase