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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Glycoprotein biosynthesis in plants. Demonstration of lipid-linked oligosaccharides of mannose and N-acetylglucosamine.

Previous studies from this laboratory have shown that particulate preparations from maturing cotton fibers catalyze the transfer of mannose from GDP-[14C]mannose into mannosylphosphorylpolyisoprenol (Forsee, W. T., and Elbein,A. D. (1973) J. Biol. Chem. 248, 2858-2867). In this report, we show that these particulate preparations also catalyze the inocoporation of mannose from GDP-[14C]mannose into lipid-linked oligosaccharides and into glycoprotein. The oligosaccharide-lipids were treated with dilute acid to liberate the water-soluble oligosaccharides and these oligosaccharides could then be separated into seven or eight distinct radioactive peaks by paper chromatography in isobutyric acid/NH4OH/H2betaO (57/4/39). The smallest of the oligosaccharides appears to be a trisaccharide with the structure Man leads to GlcNAc-GlcNAc. Thus the oligosaccharides attached to the lipids apparently range in size from those having 3 glycose units to those having approximately 8 to 10 glycose units. The radioactivity in the smaller-sized oligosaccharide-lipids could be chased into the larger oligosaccharide-lipids by a second incubation in the presence of unlabeled GDP-mannose. The sugar at the reducing ends of the oligosaccharides was identified as GlcNAc while some mannose (20 to 30%) was present in alpha linkages at the nonreducing ends...[1]


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