Enzymes for O-glycans

Enzymes for O-glycans


OpeRATOR is an O-protease digesting O-glycosylated proteins, with mucin-type O-glycosylation, N-terminally of the S/T glycosylation site. The presence of O-glycans is required for OpeRATOR to exert its enzymatic activity.

OpeRATOR is supplied as a lyophilized powder with no preservatives added, and is available in 2000 unit vials for digestion of up to 2 mg O-glycosylated protein. The enzyme is shipped with 2000 units of SialEXO for removal of sialic acids.



Detailed Information

OpeRATOR is an endoprotease that catalyzes the hydrolysis of peptide bonds in native mucin-type O-glycosylated proteins in direct proximity of the O-glycans. With high specificity, OpeRATOR digests proteins at the N-terminus of O-glycans at serine or threonine. O-glycans of mucin-type are required for OpeRATOR activity and the enzyme will not digest glycoproteins with only N-linked glycans. OpeRATOR is active on O-glycan proteins with or without sialic acids, although the activity is higher on O-glycan proteins where sialic acids have been removed. OpeRATOR can be used together with SialEXO (sialidase), which is included in the box.

OpeRATOR is derived from Akkermansia muciniphila and expressed in E. coli. The enzyme contains a His-tag and the molecular weight is 42 kDa. SialEXO is derived from Akkermansia muciniphila and expressed in E. coli. The enzymes in the SialEXO also contain a His-tag and the molecular weights of these components are 43 kDa and 66 kDa, respectively.

Unit Definition

One unit OpeRATOR digests ≥ 90% of 1 µg glycoprotein (TNFαR) when incubated together with one unit of SialEXO in 20 mM Tris pH 6.8 at 37 °C for 2 h.

Content and Storage

The OpeRATOR box includes:

  • 1 vial of OpeRATOR enzyme (G1-OP1-020) supplied lyophilized in TBS pH 7.6, with no preservatives added.
  • 1 vial of SialEXO (G1-SM1-020) supplied lyophilized in TBS pH 7.6, with no preservatives added.

The vials in the OpeRATOR box is shipped cold and should be stored at –20 °C upon arrival. After reconstitution the enzymes are stable for 1 month at +4-8 °C.

Key Characteristics

  • Digests native mucin-type O-glycosylated proteins
  • 2h to overnight (16-18h) reaction
  • Desialylation using SialEXO® (included) increases performance
  • N-terminally of O-glycosylated serine and threonine residues


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Download OpeRATOR Posters

Antibody Characterization

ASMS 2018

"A Novel O-glycoprotease with Applications in O-glycan Analysis using Mass Spectrometry"

Antibody Characterization

Download CASSS 2018 Poster

"Novel Enzymes for O-glycan Analysis"

Antibody Characterization

Download PEGS 2017 Poster

"Site-specific O-glycan Analysis using a Novel O-glycan Protease and LC-MS/MS"

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FAQ and Support

No, the enzyme recognizes mucin type glycosylation with an inner GalNAc linked to a hexose sugar.
The relative abundance and site occupancy of O-glycosylation may vary a lot in a glycoprotein sample, and this will result in the generation of peptides with variable sizes. In some cases, the peptides contain more than one O-glycan, i.e. OpeRATOR does not digest at every site in every molecule. However, the missed digestion sites differ from molecule to molecule, and the compiled data will provide valuable information on the O-glycosylated sites.
If digestion is insufficient it could be caused by the O-glycans having a sterically inaccessible location on the sample that the enzyme cannot reach. In such cases, we recommend trying the following workflow: reduction, denaturation, carboxymethylation, rebuffering, and then digestion with SialEXO and OpeRATOR.
The activity of OpeRATOR is significantly decreased in the presence of sialic acids. We recommend using SialEXO to remove the sialic acids. If this is not an option then we suggest trying to digest both with and without SialEXO to evaluate the impact for your specific samples and requirements.
Yes, the enzymes work in combination and can be used to desialylate and digest an O-glycosylated protein.


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Patent and Disclaimer


All rights reserved. Aspects of OpeRATOR® technology are encompassed by pending patent applications in the name of Genovis AB.

The trademark OpeRATOR® is the property of Genovis AB.

For research use only. Not intended for any animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

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