Jennifer Kohler completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Bryn Mawr College. Her Ph.D. studies, focused on the kinetics of protein-DNA interactions, were conducted in the laboratory of Prof. Alanna Schepartz, in the Chemistry Department at Yale University. From 2000-2004, Jennifer was an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi at the University of California, Berkeley. Research in the Kohler lab focuses on understanding the roles of glycoconjugates in a variety of biological systems.
In 2012, the National Academy of Sciences published an expert report titled “Transforming Glycoscience: A Roadmap for the Future.” The central theme of this report is that “[a] new focus on glycoscience, a field that explores the structures and functions of sugars, promises great advances in areas as diverse as medicine, energy generation, and materials science…[h]owever, glycans have received little attention from the research community due to a lack of tools to probe their often complex structures and properties.” My research group at UT Southwestern develops new chemical biology methods that address challenges identified in this report. We developed photocrosslinking sugar analogs of both sialic acid and GlcNAc that can be metabolically incorporated into cellular glycoconjugates and used to identify transient glycan-mediated interactions. Using the photocrosslinking sialic acid analog, we discovered novel and functionally significant fucosylated binding partners for cholera toxin and validated the role of non-ganglioside host receptors for cholera toxin in vivo. Using the photocrosslinking GlcNAc analog, we obtained evidence that the O-GlcNAc is intimately associated with nucleoporin-karyopherin recognition events that occur during nuclear transport. We share our photocrosslinking reagents with research groups worldwide who are interesting in biological phenomena where glycosylation plays a critical role. We have also interfaced chemoselective glycan modification reactions with proteomics methods to develop a method to discover the glycoprotein substrates of sialidases. Our ongoing research program employs these and other glycobiology tools to understand the roles of glycosylation in intestinal epithelial tissue.
- Graduate School
- Yale University , Chemistry
- Graduate School
- Bryn Mawr College (1994), Chemistry
- chemical biology
- membrane proteins
- Interleukin-22 regulates B3GNT7 expression to induce fucosylation of glycoproteins in intestinal epithelial cells.
- Carroll DJ, Burns MWN, Mottram L, Propheter DC, Boucher A, Lessen GM, Kumar A, Malaker SA, Xing C, Hooper LV, Yrlid U, Kohler JJ, J Biol Chem 2021 Dec 101463
- A photo-cross-linking GlcNAc analog enables covalent capture of N-linked glycoprotein-binding partners on the cell surface.
- Wu H, Shajahan A, Yang JY, Capota E, Wands AM, Arthur CM, Stowell SR, Moremen KW, Azadi P, Kohler JJ, Cell Chem Biol 2021 Jul
- Fucosylation and protein glycosylation create functional receptors for cholera toxin.
- Wands AM, Fujita A, McCombs JE, Cervin J, Dedic B, Rodriguez AC, Nischan N, Bond MR, Mettlen M, Trudgian DC, Lemoff A, Quiding-Järbrink M, Gustavsson B, Steentoft C, Clausen H, Mirzaei H, Teneberg S, Yrlid U, Kohler JJ Elife 2015 Oct 4
- Photoactivatable crosslinking sugars for capturing glycoprotein interactions.
- Tanaka Y, Kohler JJ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008 Mar 130 11 3278-9
- Hepatic sialic acid synthesis modulates glucose homeostasis in both liver and skeletal muscle.
- Peng J, Yu L, Huang L, Paschoal VA, Chu H, de Souza CO, Varre JV, Oh DY, Kohler JJ, Xiao X, Xu L, Holland WL, Shaul PW, Mineo C, Mol Metab 2023 Sep 101812
- Cholera intoxication of human enteroids reveals interplay between decoy and functional glycoconjugate ligands.
- Singla A, Boucher A, Wallom KL, Lebens M, Kohler JJ, Platt FM, Yrlid U, Glycobiology 2023 Aug
- Fucosylated glycoproteins and fucosylated glycolipids play opposing roles in cholera intoxication.
- Ghorashi AC, Boucher A, Archer-Hartmann SA, Murray NB, Konada RSR, Zhang X, Xing C, Azadi P, Yrlid U, Kohler JJ, bioRxiv 2023 Aug
- A photoaffinity glycan labeling approach to investigate immunoglobulin glycan binding partners.
- Holborough-Kerkvliet MD, Mucignato G, Moons SJ, Psomiadou V, Konada RSK, Pedowitz NJ, Pratt MR, Kissel T, Koeleman CAM, Tjokrodirijo RTN, van Veelen PA, Huizinga T, van Schie KAJ, Wuhrer M, Kohler JJ, Bonger KM, Boltje TJ, Toes REM, Glycobiology 2023 Jul
- The 2022 Nobel prize in chemistry - sweet!
- Boyce M, Malaker SA, Riley NM, Kohler JJ, Glycobiology 2023 Mar
- Engineering Glyco-Enzymes for Substrate Identification and Targeting
- MWN Burns and JJ Kohler Israel Journal of Chemistry 2023
Chapter 37: Microbial Lectins: Hemagglutinins, Adhesins, and Toxins. In Essentials of Glycobiology [Internet]. 4th edition.
Amanda L. Lewis, Jennifer J. Kohler, Markus Aebi Ajit Varki 1, Richard D. Cummings 2, Jeffrey D. Esko 3, Pamela Stanley 4, Gerald W. Hart 5, Markus Aebi 6, Debra Mohnen 7, Taroh Kinoshita 8, Nicolle H. Packer 9, James H. Prestegard 10, Ronald L. Schnaar 11, Peter H. Seeberger 12 , editors. (2022). Cold Spring Harbor, NY, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Mass Spectrometry of Glycoproteins: Methods and Protocols
Jennifer J. Kohler & Steven M. Patrie (Ed.) (2012). Humana Press
Honors & Awards
- Research Fellowship
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2009)
- Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award
March of Dimes (2007)
- CAREER Award
National Science Foundation (2007)
- New Faculty Award
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation (2005)
- American Chemical Society (1995)
- Society for Glycobiology (2007)