The glycosylation of antibodies

The glycosylation of antibodies

Antibodies, like many other natural proteins, are normally decorated with sugars. Optimizing the pattern of sugars associated with synthetic antibodies can have an enormous impact on their therapeutic efficacy. This technology, known as glycoengineering, is the focus of the Roche research centre in Schlieren, Switzerland.

Drawn to Science cheat sheet for Glycosylation of antibodies

In tests, 100 percent of the sugar chains were correctly completed by our galactosyl transferase.
The glycoengineering technology is a technology that allows you to enhance the effect of an antibody so that it can recruit the immune system to better kill tumour cells…
Christian Klein Head of Oncology Programmes at Roche Innovation Center Zurich, Switzerland

As Head of Oncology Programmes at Roche Innovation Center Zurich, Switzerland, Christian helps to develop novel antibody-therapies, which use the body's own immune system to help fight cancer. Hear him discuss his work at Roche and his use of glycoengineering technology.

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