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Role of plasma membrane ganglioside sialidase of human neuroblastoma cells in growth control and differentiation.

In cultured human neuroblastoma cells (SK-N-MC), a plasma membrane-bound besides a lysosomal ganglioside GM3 sialidase was detected. Both activities can be distinguished by the specific activation with detergents, as well as differential inhibition by Cu++. Plasma membrane and lysosomal sialidase specific activities showed strikingly different behaviour during the growth phase of neuroblastoma cells. Thus, the plasma membrane sialidase increased about 15-fold and mirrored cell growth, it differed from the kinetics of ornithine decarboxylase, an early marker of cell proliferation. The lysosomal sialidase, on the other hand, exhibited constant specific activities during growth of the cells, as did lysosomal and plasma membrane marker enzymes. When the sialidase inhibitor 2,3-dehydro-2-deoxy-N-acetylneuraminic acid was included in the culture medium, a profound change in proliferation kinetics was observed, indicating a release from density-dependent control of cell division. Additionally, the inhibitor abolished the increase of the biochemical differentiation marker acetylcholinesterase. The results suggest an important role of the ganglioside sialidase of the plasma membrane in the processes of proliferation control and differentiation in this neuronal cell system.[1]


  1. Role of plasma membrane ganglioside sialidase of human neuroblastoma cells in growth control and differentiation. Kopitz, J., von Reitzenstein, C., Mühl, C., Cantz, M. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. (1994) [Pubmed]
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