EXT1:EXT2 transfers GlcA to heparan
Species Homo sapiens
Exostosin 1 and 2 (EXT1 and 2) are dual specificity enzymes which catalyze the addition of N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) and glucuronate (GlcA) to the GAG protein linker sequence. The first addition mediated by these enzymes is that of glucuronate after EXTL1 has added the first GlcNAc unit to the linkage sequence. EXT1 and 2 form a heterodimer which translocates to the Golgi apparatus from the ER membrane (McCormick et al. 2000). Defects in EXT1 or 2 cause the hereditary bone disorders multiple exostoses type 1 (MIM:133700) and 2 (MIM:133701) (Wuyts et al. 1998, Bernard et al. 2001).
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