N. D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
KEYWORDS: Arabidopsis thaliana, CAZy, CSDB, database, glycosyltransferase
Glycobiology, 2017, v.27(4), pp.285-290
Glycosyltransferases are carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZy) involved in the synthesis of natural glycan structures. The application of CAZy is highly demanded in biotechnology and pharmaceutics. However, it is being hindered by the lack of high-quality and comprehensive repositories of the research data accumulated so far. In this paper, we describe a new curated glycosyltransferase database (CSDB_GT). Currently, CSDB_GT provides ca. 780 activities exhibited by glycosyltransferases, as well as several other CAZy, found in Arabidopsis thaliana and described in ca. 180 publications. It covers most published data on A. thaliana glycosyltransferases with evidenced functions. CSDB_GT is linked to the Carbohydrate Structure Database (CSDB), which stores data on archaeal, bacterial, fungal and plant glycans. The CSDB_GT data are supported by experimental evidences and can be traced to original publications. CSDB_GT is freely available at http://csdb.glycoscience.ru/gt.html.