PMID: 35955Jan 1, 1979

Specific alteration of Sendai virus glycoprotein subunits

Acta Virologica
L M Popa, R Repanovici


The alteration produced by chemical and physical agents in the structure and neuraminidase activity of Sendai virus glycoproteins was studied. While dissociation of glycoproteins with 1% sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS), 2% beta-mercaptoethanol and 5 M urea for 2 min at 100 degrees C yielded the known HN and F subunits (mol. wts. 60,000 and 53,000), in the presence of 1% SDS the glycoproteins were converted into components with approximate mol. wts. of 60,000, 120, 000 and higher. Treatment of the glycoproteins with 2% beta-mercaptoethanol and 0.1% SDS favoured the formation of a single component with a mol. wt. of 75,000. The alterations in the glycoprotein structure were very likely caused by their free -SH groups content. An average value of 6 free -SH groups per glycoprotein subunit was estimated. Glycoproteins stored at 4 degrees C contained only 53,000 mol. wt. subunits. During storage a kind of conversion of 67,000 to 53,000 mol. wt. components took place, preserving about 60% of the initial neuraminidase activity.

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