Jan 1, 1986

Lectin-binding pattern in parotid acinar cells. The fracture-labelling method and post-embedding staining

K Jezernik, N Pipan


The localization of complex carbohydrates in the Golgi apparatus, secretory granules and plasmalemma of mouse parotid acinar cells was studied using the fracture-labelling method. The hexose residues of glycoconjugates were identified using ferritin conjugated with Wheat Germ Agglutinin (WGA-), Ricinnus Communis Agglutinin II (RCA-II-), Phaseolus Vulgaris Agglutinin (PHA-) and Limulus Polyphemus Agglutinin (LPA-). We found that the fracture-labelling method allows not only the labelling of membrane faces but also analysis of the compartment's content that is exposed during the fracturing of the tissue. Our results revealed differences in the hexose residues located in the Golgi apparatus, secretory granules and the apical and lateral plasmalemma. Numerous binding sites for WGA-, PHA- and RCA-II-ferritin were demonstrable in the Golgi apparatus. In secretory granules, the WGA- and RCA-II-ferritin binding sites were most numerous, while LPA-ferritin binding sites were very rare. The density of the binding sites for PHA-ferritin showed considerable variation in secretory granules. The apical plasmalemma exhibited a high density of binding sites for all of the lectins used. In the lateral plasmalemma, LPA-ferritin was not bound, an...Continue Reading

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Establishment and Maintenance of Localization
Carbohydrate nutrients
Salivary Gland - Parotid (Mmhcc)
Golgi Apparatus
Wheat Germ Agglutinin Isolectin 2
Phaseolus vulgaris
Horseshoe Crab Proteins
Wheat germ preparation

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