CHO-gmt5, a novel CHO glycosylation mutant for producing afucosylated and asialylated recombinant antibodies.

Bioengineered

PubMedID: 22989990

Haryadi R, Zhang P, Chan KF, Song Z. CHO-gmt5, a novel CHO glycosylation mutant for producing afucosylated and asialylated recombinant antibodies. Bioengineered. 2013;4(2):90-4.
Engineered zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs) are powerful tools for creating double-stranded-breaks (DSBs) in genomic DNA in a site-specific manner. These DSBs generated by ZFNs can be repaired by homology-directed repair or nonhomologous end joining, in which the latter can be exploited to generate insertion or deletion mutants. Based on published literature, we designed a pair of zinc-finger nucleases and inactivated the GDP-fucose transporter gene (Slc35c1) in a previously reported CHO mutant that has a dysfunctional CMP-sialic acid transporter gene (Slc35a1). The resulting mutant cell line, CHO-gmt5, lacks functional GDP-fucose transporter and CMP-sialic acid transporter. As a result, these cells can only produce asialylated and afucosylated glycoproteins. It is now widely recognized that removal of the core fucose from the N-glycans attached to Asn(297) of human IgG1 significantly enhances its binding to its receptor, Fc?RIIIa, and thereby dramatically improves antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC). Recent reports showed that removal of sialic acid from IgG1 also enhances ADCC. Therefore, CHO-gmt5 may represent a more advantageous cell line for the production of recombinant antibodies with enhanced ADCC. These cells show comparable growth rate to wild type CHO-K1 cells and uncompromised transfection efficiency, which make them desirable for use as a production line.