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Components and proteolytic processing sites of arylsulfatase B from human placenta.

Previous studies have shown that mature arylsulfatase B purified from human sources is composed of two non-identical chains with apparent molecular masses of 43 kDa and 8 kDa. Arylsulfatase B purified from human placenta in the present study, however, included another 7 kDa component that could be detected only by carbohydrate staining on reducing SDS-PAGE employing the Tris-Tricine system. The 43 kDa and 7 kDa components contained a carbohydrate moiety, but the 8 kDa one did not, as demonstrated by periodic acid-Schiff staining, Con-A lectin blotting, endo-glycosidase treatment and in vitro phosphorylation by UDP-N-acetylglucosamine: lysosomal enzyme N-acetylglucosamine 1-phosphotransferase. The purified arylsulfatase B migrated as a single polypeptide of 58 kDa on non-reducing SDS-PAGE, indicating that the three chains are linked by disulfide bonds. In order to determine the origin of the components, N-terminal sequencing of the isolated polypeptides was performed. As a result, the 43, 7 and 8 kDa components were found to commence with Ala-41, Ala-424 and Asp-466, respectively. These results suggest that after removal of the signal peptide, human arylsulfatase B undergoes proteolytic processing on at least two sites during maturation.[1]


  1. Components and proteolytic processing sites of arylsulfatase B from human placenta. Kobayashi, T., Honke, K., Jin, T., Gasa, S., Miyazaki, T., Makita, A. Biochim. Biophys. Acta (1992) [Pubmed]
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