May 4, 1976

Role of mannosyl lipid intermediate in the synthesis of Neurospora crassa glycoproteins

M H Gold, H J Hahn


Particulate membrane preparations from Neurospora crassa incorporated mannose from GDP-[14C] mannose into endogenous lipid and particulate protein acceptors. Synthesis of the mannosyl lipid is reversible in the presence of GDP. Chemical and chromatographic characterization of the mannosyl lipid suggest that it is a mannosylphosphorylpolyisoprenol. The other endogenous acceptor was precipitated by trichloracetic acid. Gel filtration and electrophoresis studies before and after treatment with proteolytic enzymes indicate that the second acceptor is a glycoprotein(s). beta Elimination studies on the mannosyl protein formed from GDP-[14C] mannose with Mg2+ in the reaction mixture or formed from mannosyl lipid indicate thad with the peptide chain. Several lines of evidence indicate that in Neurospora crassa the mannosyl lipid is an obligatory intermediate in the in vitro mannosylation of the protein. (a) At 15 degrees C the initial formation of the mannosyl lipid is faster than the initial formation of the mannosyl protein. (b) Exogenous partially purified mannosyl lipid can function as a mannosyl donor for the synthesis of the mannosyl protein. This reaction was also dependent on a divalent metal. The rate of this reaction was opti...Continue Reading

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