PMID: 6298538Dec 27, 1982

Processing of normal and non-glycosylated forms of toad pro-opiocortin by rat intermediate (pituitary) lobe pro-opiocortin converting enzyme activity

Life Sciences
Y P Loh, H Gainer


The influence of glycosylation of a prohormone, pro-opiocortin, on its processing by intermediate (pituitary) lobe converting enzyme activity in vitro was studied. [3H]-arginine-labeled glycosylated and non-glycosylated pro-opiocortins were isolated from untreated, and tunicamycin treated toad neurointermediate lobes, respectively, after pulse-labeling in [3H]-arginine containing incubation media. These labeled precursors were then incubated at 37 degrees C in the presence of pro-opiocortin converting enzyme activity derived from rat intermediate lobe (pituitary) secretory granule lysates. The rates of conversion of the glycosylated and nonglycosylated pro-opiocortins to smaller peptide products, in vitro, were similar. Analysis of the peptide products by immunoprecipitation with ACTH and beta-endorphin antisera, and subsequent electrophoresis on acid-urea gels, indicate a comparable processing in vitro of the two forms of pro-opiocortin substrate. The only difference was that the normally glycosylated peptide products derived from glycosylated pro-opiocortin (i.e., 13K ACTH, 21K ACTH, and the 16K glycopeptide) differed in their gel electrophoretic mobilities from their counterparts derived from nonglycosylated prohormone, in a...Continue Reading

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