PMID: 39937Oct 25, 1979

Novel mannitol-containing oligosaccharides obtained by mild alkaline borohydride treatment of a chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan from brain

The Journal of Biological Chemistry
J FinneR U Margolis


Mannitol-containing oligosaccharides have been isolated from a rat brain proteoglycan after mild alkaline borohydride treatment under conditions which prevent "peeling." Their structural properties were studied by gas-liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry of disaccharides as their trimethylsilylated and permethylated derivatives, methylation, analysis, specific degradations, and CrO3 oxidation. The following components were identified: Gal(beta 1 leads to 4) [Fuc(alpha 1 leads to 3)]GlcNAc(beta 1 leads to 3)Manol,GlcNAc(beta 1 leads to 3)Manol, and Manol. Evidence was also obtained for the occurrence of a sialylated oligosaccharide and another (possibly sulfated) acidic oligosaccharide, both having the sequence GlcNAc(beta 1 leads to 3)Manol at their proximal ends. These mannitol-containing oligosaccharides constitute a novel group of alkali-labile oligosaccharides in mammalian glycoconjugates. The origin of the oligosaccharides and the possible occurrence of a carbohydrate-peptide linkage involving mannose are discussed.

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