Recombinant Human Fucosyltransferase 5/FUT5 Protein, CF

FUT5 has been formulated so that it can be used in the cell surface glycoengineering of living cells, and does not affect cell viability or native phenotype apart from the intended impact on cell glycobiology
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Recombinant Human Fucosyltransferase 5/FUT5 Protein, CF Summary

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Product Specifications

>80%, by SDS-PAGE under reducing conditions and visualized by silver stain
Endotoxin Level
<1.0 EU per 1 μg of the protein by the LAL method.
Measured by its ability to transfer fucose from GDP-fucose to N-Acetyllactosamine The specific activity is >35 pmol/min/µg, as measured under the described conditions.
Mouse myeloma cell line, NS0-derived human Fucosyltransferase 5/FUT5 protein
Arg35-Thr374, with an N-terminal 6-His tag
Accession #
N-terminal Sequence
Structure / Form
Disulfide-linked homodimer
Predicted Molecular Mass
40 kDa
58 kDa, reducing conditions

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Carrier Free

What does CF mean?

CF stands for Carrier Free (CF). We typically add Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) as a carrier protein to our recombinant proteins. Adding a carrier protein enhances protein stability, increases shelf-life, and allows the recombinant protein to be stored at a more dilute concentration. The carrier free version does not contain BSA.

What formulation is right for me?

In general, we advise purchasing the recombinant protein with BSA for use in cell or tissue culture, or as an ELISA standard. In contrast, the carrier free protein is recommended for applications, in which the presence of BSA could interfere.


Formulation Supplied as a 0.2 μm filtered solution in Tris and NaCl.
Shipping The product is shipped with polar packs. Upon receipt, store it immediately at the temperature recommended below.
Stability & Storage: Use a manual defrost freezer and avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
  • 6 months from date of receipt, -20 to -70 °C as supplied.
  • 3 months, -20 to -70 °C under sterile conditions after opening.

Assay Procedure

  • Assay Buffer: 25 mM Tris, 5 mM MnCl2 (supplied in kit), pH 7.5
  • Recombinant Human Fucosyltransferase 5/FUT5 FUT5 (rhFUT5) (Catalog # 4949-GT)
  • Donor Substrate: GDP-Fucose (Sigma, Catalog # G4401), 1.6 mM stock in deionized water
  • Acceptor Substrate: Lactosamine (V-Labs, Catalog # GN204), 50 mM in deionized water
  • Glycosyltransferase Activity Kit (Catalog # EA001)
  • 96-well Clear Plate (Costar, Catalog # 92592)
  • Plate Reader (Model: SpectraMax Plus by Molecular Devices) or equivalent
  1. Dilute GDP-Fucose to 240 μM in Assay Buffer.
  2. Dilute Lactosamine to 2.4 mM in Assay Buffer.
  3. Dilute Coupling Phosphatase 1 to 12 μg/mL in Assay Buffer.
  4. Prepare reaction mixture by combining equal volumes of diluted GDP-Fucose, Lactosamine, and Coupling Phosphatase 1.
  5. Dilute rhFUT5 to 20 µg/mL in Assay Buffer.
  6. Dilute 1 mM Phosphate Standard by adding 40 µL of the 1 mM Phosphate Standard to 360 µL of Assay Buffer for a 100 µM stock.
  7. Prepare standard curve by performing seven one-half serial dilutions of the 100 µM Phosphate stock in Assay Buffer. The standard curve has a range of 0.039 to 2.5 nmol per well.
  8. Load 50 µL of each dilution of the standard curve into a plate. Include a curve blank containing 50 μL of Assay Buffer.
  9. Load 25 µL of the 20 µg/mL rhFUT5 into the plate. Include a Blank Control containing 25 µL of Assay Buffer.
  10. Add 25 µL of reaction mixture (step 4) to the wells, excluding the standard curve and curve blank.
  11. Cover the plate with parafilm or a plate sealer and incubate at 37 ºC for 20 minutes.
  12. Add 30 µL of the Malachite Green Reagent A to all wells. Tap to mix briefly.
  13. Add 100 µL of deionized water to all wells. Tap to mix briefly.
  14. Add 30 µL of the Malachite Green Reagent B to all wells.  Mix and incubate for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  15. Read plate at 620 nm (absorbance) in endpoint mode.
  16. Calculate specific activity:

     Specific Activity (pmol/min/µg) =

Phosphate released* (nmol) x (1000 pmol/nmol)
Incubation time (min) x amount of enzyme (µg)

     *Derived from the phosphate standard curve using linear or 4-parameter fitting and adjusted for Blank Control.

Per Reaction:
  • rhFUT5: 0.5 µg
  • Coupling Phosphatase 1: 0.1 µg
  • Lactosamine: 400 µM
  • GDP-Fucose: 40 µM
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Background: Fucosyltransferase 5/FUT5

Because N-, O-glycans and glycolipids are frequently fucosylated at terminal sites, fucose is often found to be essential for sugar epitope and lectin ligand generation. Well known fucose containing structures include Lewis structures and ABO blood group antigens. Lewis structures are key elements involved in leukocyte homing and extravasation process and thus are essential for lymphocyte maturation and natural defense functions. Fucose containing glycans also play essential roles in cell signaling and development. So far, more than 10 Fucosyltransferases have been cloned from the human genome (1). FUT1 and FUT2 are alpha 1‑2 Fucosyltransferases and are responsible for ABO blood group antigen synthesis. FUT3, FUT4, FUT5, FUT6, FUT7 and FUT9 are alpha 1-3/4 Fucosyltransferases and are responsible for Lewis structure generation. FUT5 has high homology with FUT3 and FUT6 due to gene duplication. FUT7 is exclusively responsible for biosynthesis of sialyl Lewis X epitope in leukocytes and high endothelial venule cells (2). FUT8 is an alpha 1-6 Fucosyltransferase that adds a fucose to the chitobiose core of N-glycans (3). Predicted as type II transmembrane proteins and Golgi enzymes, some of the Fucosyltransferases can also be found in plasma. R&D Systems recombinant human FUTs correspond to the luminal domains. The activity of this enzyme has been measured using a phosphatase-coupled method (4).

  1. Becker, D.J. et al. (2003) Glycobiology 13:41R.
  2. Blander, J. M. et al. (1999) J. Immunol. 163:3746.
  3. Lee, S.H. et al. (2006) J. Biochem. 139:391.
  4. Wu, Z.L. et al. (2010) Glycobiology doi: 10.1093/glycob/cwq187.
Entrez Gene IDs
2527 (Human)
Alternate Names
alpha (1,3) fucosyltransferase; alpha-(1,3)-fucosyltransferase; EC 2.4.1; EC; fucosyltransferase 5 (alpha (1,3) fucosyltransferase); Fucosyltransferase 5; Fucosyltransferase V; FUC-TV; fucT-V; FUT5; Galactoside 3-L-fucosyltransferase


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