Jan 1, 1981

Developmental regulation of glycoprotein biosynthesis in Dictyostelium

Journal of Supramolecular Structure and Cellular Biochemistry
R L IvattP W Robbins


We have examined the glycoprotein-linked oligosaccharides assembled during the life cycle of Dictyostelium discoideum, and found their expression to be dramatically dependent upon the stage of development. During early development mature glycans have a high mannose character, and a substantial proportion acquire a fucose residue that correlates with endo-H resistance. One-third of the glycans also acquire sulfate residues. These glycans diminish in importance during aggregation. The mature glycans expressed during aggregation. The mature glycans expressed during late development contain fewer mannose residues, from five to ten mannose residues, and are characterized by the absence of sulfate residues and by the presence of fucose residues on endo-H-sensitive glycans. These glycans make their appearance coincident with the construction of tips on tight cell mounds. At this stage glycans characteristic of both early and late stages occur simultaneously. Developmental regulation of the wide array of protein-linked glycans expressed during the life cycle of Dictyostelium discoideum may be as simple as the controlled transition from a group of structures that are assembled by the vegetative cells to a group of structures that are as...Continue Reading

Mentioned in this Paper

Glycoprotein Biosynthetic Process
Cell Communication
Cell Differentiation Process
Cell Adhesion
Cell Aggregation

Related Feeds

Adhesion Molecules in Health and Disease

Cell adhesion molecules are a subset of cell adhesion proteins located on the cell surface involved in binding with other cells or with the extracellular matrix in the process called cell adhesion. In essence, cell adhesion molecules help cells stick to each other and to their surroundings. Cell adhesion is a crucial component in maintaining tissue structure and function. Discover the latest research on adhesion molecule and their role in health and disease here.