School Seminar: A/Prof Ethan Goddard Borger, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute – School of Chemistry School Seminar: A/Prof Ethan Goddard Borger, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute – School of Chemistry

School Seminar: A/Prof Ethan Goddard Borger, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Wednesday, 10 May 11:00am – 12:00pm

This seminar will be delivered in Chemistry Lecture Theatre 4 and Online (Zoom) Please email for zoom link and password.

Speaker: A/Prof Ethan Goddard Borger, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Host: Prof. Richard Payne

Title: Deciphering the prevalence, mechanism and function of protein C-glycosylation

Abstract: Tryptophan C-mannosylation is the only form of protein glycosylation featuring a C–C bond between protein and glycan. It occurs in metazoans and apicomplexan parasites, where it plays a key role in stabilising a subset of secreted proteins. The distribution and abundance of this protein modification throughout the proteome is not well understood. Likewise, little is known about how this unusual C–C bond between L-tryptophan and D-mannose is formed, or how this type of glycosylation is able to stabilise protein folds. My laboratory has taken a multipronged approach to addressing these unknowns. We have developed enrichment methods to facilitate the proteomic mapping of the C-glycome in complex tissues; applied a combination of chemical and structural biology techniques to understand the enzymatic mechanism of C–C bond formation; and pioneered the synthetic methodology required to prepare an exhaustive array of chemically-homogenous glycoproteins. We have used the latter to quantitate the impact of C-glycosylation on the thermal stability and thermodynamics of protein folding that, when coupled with molecular dynamics simulations, provide rigorous insights into the protein-glycan interactions driving fold-stabilisation. Collectively, this work sets the stage for the development of tools to enable the post-translational control of protein expression.

Bio: Assoc. Prof. Ethan D. Goddard-Borger obtained his PhD in Chemistry as a Hackett Scholar in 2008 from the University of Western Australia. This work featured the development and commercialisation of a popular diazotransfer reagent that is used extensively across the chemical biology, synthesis and materials science fields. From 2009-2013, Ethan was a CIHR postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia, Canada, with Prof. Stephen G. Withers FRS. During this time he studied the glycobiology of lysosomal storage disorders and developed preclinical drug candidates for some of these diseases. In 2013, Ethan returned to Australia with a VESKI fellowship to establish his independent research program at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. His laboratory applies chemical, molecular and structural biology techniques to understanding the roles of protein glycosylation in infectious disease and cancer. Most recently, as a Brian M Davis Centenary Fellow, Ethan and his team have obtained new insights into the abundance, mechanism and role of protein C-glycosylation in health and disease.


May 10 2023


11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Chemistry Lecture Theatre 4
Level 2, School of Chemistry

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