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In order to examine the process of sulfation in C. elegans, sulfation was inhibited chemically using sodium chlorate, and genetically using the process of RNA-mediated interference (RNAi). Sodium chlorate inhibition during early larval stages resulted in a dose-dependant developmental delay. BLAST searches of characterized sulfotransferases against the worm genome resulted in the identification of 4 putative sulfotransferases: C34F6.4 and F08B4.6 (previously identified:  and ), F40H3.5, and Y34B4A.e. RNAi of the putative N-deacetylase/N-sulfotransferase F08B4.6 resulted in "stacking" of eggs in the gonad, along with eggs laid at the 2- and 4-celled stage. RNAi of the putative hexuronic 2-O sulfotransferase C34F6.4 resulted in a shortened, bulbous gonad. These initial results indicate that sulfation may be important during development of C. elegans.  Shworak, NW, Liu, J, Fritze, LMS, Schwartz, JJ, Zhang, L, Logeart, D, Rosenberg, RD. JBC 272: 28008-19 (1997).  Kobayashi, M, Sugumaran, G, Liu, J, Shworak, NW, Silbert, JE, Rosenberg, RD. JBC 274: 10474-80 (1999).