A ROADMAP FOR THE FUTURE
Committee on Assessing the Importance and Impact of
Glycomics and Glycosciences
Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology
Board on Life Sciences
Division on Earth and Life Studies
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Cover: Imaging of glycans in Chinese hamster ovary cells. Glycans are labeled in red and cell nuclei and Golgi apparatus are labeled in blue and green, respectively. Image courtesy of Carolyn Bertozzi, Scott Laughlin, and Jeremy Baskin. Source: Baskin J. M., J. A. Prescher, S. T. Laughlin, N. J. Agard, P. V. Chang, I. A. Miller, A. Lo, J. A. Codelli, and C. R. Bertozzi. 2007. Copper-free click chemistry for dynamic in vivo imaging. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104(43):16793-16797.
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COMMITTEE ON ASSESSING THE IMPORTANCE AND IMPACT OF GLYCOMICS AND GLYCOSCIENCES
DAVID WALT (Chair), Department of Chemistry, Tufts University
KIYOKO F. AOKI-KINOSHITA, Department of Bioinformatics, Soka University, Japan
BRAD BENDIAK, University of Colorado, Denver
CAROLYN R. BERTOZZI, University of California, Berkeley
GEERT-JAN BOONS, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia
ALAN DARVILL, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia
GERALD HART, Department of Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
LAURA L. KIESSLING, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin
JOHN LOWE, Genentech, Inc.
ROBERT J. MOON, Forest Products Laboratory, U.S. Forest Service
JAMES C. PAULSON, Departments of Chemical Physiology and Molecular Biology, The Scripps Research Institute
RAM SASISEKHARAN, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
AJIT P. VARKI, Glycobiology Research and Training Center, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine
CHI-HUEY WONG, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and The Scripps Research Institute
KATHERINE BOWMAN, Co-Study Director and Senior Program Officer, Board on Life Sciences
DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN, Co-Study Director and Program Officer, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology
SHEENA SIDDIQUI, Senior Program Associate, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology
RACHEL YANCEY, Senior Program Assistant, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology
JOE ALPER, Consulting Science Writer
BOARD ON CHEMICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
PABLO DEBENEDETTI (Co-chair), Princeton University, New Jersey
C. DALE POULTER (Co-chair), University of Utah, Salt Lake City
ZHENAN BAO, Stanford University, California
ROBERT BERGMAN, University of California, Berkeley
HENRY BRYNDZA, E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Wilmington, Delaware
EMILY CARTER, Princeton University, New Jersey
DAVID CHRISTIANSON, University of Pennsylvania
MARY JANE HAGENSON, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LLC, The Woodlands, Texas
CAROL J. HENRY, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
JILL HRUBY, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico
MICHAEL KERBY, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baytown, Texas
CHARLES E. KOLB, Aerodyne Research, Inc., Billerica, Massachusetts
JOSEF MICHL, University of Colorado, Boulder
SANDER MILLS, Merck, Sharp, & Dohme Corporation, Kenilworth, New Jersey
DAVID MORSE, Corning International, Corning, New York
ROBERT E. ROBERTS, Institute for Defense Analyses, Washington, D.C.
DARLENE J. S. SOLOMON, Aligent Laboratories, Santa Clara, California
JEAN TOM, Bristol-Myers Squibb, West Windsor, New Jersey
DAVID WALT, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
National Research Council Staff
DOROTHY ZOLANDZ, Director
AMANDA CLINE, Administrative Assistant
DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN, Program Officer
KATHRYN HUGHES, Senior Program Officer
TINA M. MASCIANGIOLI, Senior Program Officer
SHEENA SIDDIQUI, Senior Program Associate
RACHEL YANCEY, Senior Program Assistant
BOARD ON LIFE SCIENCES
JO HANDELSMAN (Chair), Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
VICKI L. CHANDLER, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Palo Alto, California
SEAN EDDY, HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia
SARAH C. R. ELGIN, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
DAVID R. FRANZ, Former Cdr USAMRIID, Frederick, Maryland
LOUIS J. GROSS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
RICHARD A. JOHNSON, Arnold & Porter, LLC, Washington, D.C.
JUDITH KIMBLE, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
CATO T. LAURENCIN, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut
ALAN I. LESHNER, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C.
BERNARD LO, University of California, San Francisco, California
KAREN E. NELSON, J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland
ROBERT M. NEREM, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
CAMILLE PARMESAN, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
ALISON G. POWER, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
MARGARET RILEY, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
BRUCE W. STILLMAN, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
JANIS C. WEEKS, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
CYNTHIA WOLBERGER, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
MARY WOOLLEY, Research! America, Alexandria, Virginia
FRANCES E. SHARPLES, Director
JO L. HUSBANDS, Scholar/Senior Project Director
JAY B. LABOV, Senior Scientist/Program Director for Biology Education
KATHERINE W. BOWMAN, Senior Program Officer
INDIA HOOK-BARNARD, Senior Program Officer
MARILEE K. SHELTON-DAVENPORT, Senior Program Officer
KEEGAN SAWYER, Program Officer
BETHELHEM M. BANJAW, Financial Associate
ORIN E. LUKE, Senior Program Assistant
CARL G. ANDERSON, Program Associate
SAYYEDA AYESHA AHMED, Senior Program Assistant
Although I was trained as a synthetic organic chemist and was involved in carbohydrate research early in my scientific career, my research has primarily been focused on developing new technologies for making analytical measurements. This work has led to the development and commercialization of some of the technologies that are presently used for the revolution in genetics and genomics that has taken place over the past decade. I have seen the transformation in scientific capability enabled by these new genetic tools. Access to both the tools and the public databases by virtually any scientist and engineer has democratized the field and has made genetic information an essential component of many fields of science. Science has benefitted tremendously, and many fields are decades ahead of where they would have been without these capabilities. In addition, genetic technologies are beginning to have a big impact on practical applications—diagnostics, therapeutics, and animal breeding to name a few. The economic benefit is in the billions of dollars per year and growing.
This study can be viewed as an opportunity to elevate the importance and possibilities of glycoscience, which is equally pervasive and certainly more directly linked to biological activity than genetics. For example, glycans are responsible for virtually all cell-cell recognition. Moreover, they play a central role in recent burgeoning biofuels efforts. But glycoscience has much more to offer, as described in this report. It was identifying these opportunities and providing a roadmap that was the challenge to
the Committee on Assessing the Importance and Impact of Glycomics and Glycosciences.
The National Academies assembled a stellar group of glycoscientists for this committee. They came from disparate fields—biology, chemistry, and computer science—and work on equally diverse problems in fundamental biology, synthetic chemistry, health, energy, and materials science. I have been so impressed with the passion of these glycoscience committee members for their field. They have worked for many years to advance this important yet underappreciated area—and, despite my limited knowledge of the field, they welcomed me both as a colleague and a friend. It has been a genuine pleasure to work with this dedicated and passionate group of scientists. They have worked tirelessly to help advance the field and, more importantly, science in general with their contributions to this study and to this report. The community is indebted to their service.
The National Academies staff are the real heroes. In particular, Dr. Katherine Bowman and Dr. Douglas Friedman were essential to the success of this study. Katie and Doug pushed the committee to meet deadlines, dealt with the challenging logistics of committee members spanning 12 time zones, helped pull the report together, and worked tirelessly. Even with difficult deadlines, I never heard them complain. They brought ideas and creativity to the discussions. Their selfless dedication to science is admirable and should be a model for us all. In addition to Katie and Doug, Sheena Siddiqui and Rachel Yancey provided superb administrative support. I also want to thank Dr. Fran Sharples, director of the Board on Life Sciences, and Dr. Dorothy Zolandz, director of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, for their support and vision.
This report has the potential to transform the field of glycoscience, but—more significantly—it should transform science in dramatic ways. Sugars are ubiquitous, and scientists in all fields will realize the full potential of their research only by embracing and incorporating glycoscience. The tools for realizing this potential are not available yet. It is the hope of the committee that this report will bring glycoscience into the scientific mainstream.
David Walt, Chair
Committee on Assessing the Importance and
Impact of Glycomics and Glycosciences
This report has been reviewed in draft form by persons chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets institutional standards of objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following for their review of this report:
Richard D. Cummings, Emory University
Samuel Danishefsky, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Anne Dell, Imperial College London
Stephen S. Kelley, North Carolina State University
Nicolle Packer, Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia)
Robert Sackstein, Harvard Medical School
Chris Somerville, University of California, Berkeley
George M. Whitesides, Harvard University
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Kenneth
Moloy, Dupont Central Research and Development and Johanna Dwyer, Tufts Medical Center. Appointed by the National Research Council, they was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authors and the institution.