Dec 1, 1992

Overexpression of human alpha-galactosidase A results in its intracellular aggregation, crystallization in lysosomes, and selective secretion

The Journal of Cell Biology
Y A IoannouR J Desnick


Human lysosomal alpha-galactosidase A (alpha-Gal A) was stably overexpressed in CHO cells and its biosynthesis and targeting were investigated. Clone AGA5.3-1000Mx, which was the highest enzyme overexpressor, produced intracellular alpha-Gal A levels of 20,900 U/mg (approximately 100 micrograms of enzyme/10(7) cells) and secreted approximately 13,000 U (or 75 micrograms/10(7) cells) per day. Ultrastructural examination of these cells revealed numerous 0.25-1.5 microns crystalline structures in dilated trans-Golgi network (TGN) and in lysosomes which stained with immunogold particles using affinity-purified anti-human alpha-Gal A antibodies. Pulse-chase studies revealed that approximately 65% of the total enzyme synthesized was secreted, while endogenous CHO lysosomal enzymes were not, indicating that the alpha-Gal A secretion was specific. The recombinant intracellular and secreted enzyme forms were normally processed and phosphorylated; the secreted enzyme had mannose-6-phosphate moieties and bound the immobilized 215-kD mannose-6-phosphate receptor (M6PR). Thus, the overexpressed enzyme's selective secretion did not result from oversaturation of the M6PR-mediated pathway or abnormal binding to the M6PR. Of note, the secreted ...Continue Reading

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