Carbohydrate substituents on the large peptide of the voltage-sensitive Na channel from Electrophorus electricus electroplax have been partially characterized by their sensitivity to endoglycosidases H and F, peptide:N-glycosidase F, Endo-N-acetylneuraminidase, and to neuraminidase. The results suggest the presence of at least two classes of oligosaccharides: neutral, high mannose or hybrid oligosaccharides, and acidic, complex oligosaccharides with a core-structure terminating in an unbranched homopolymer of sialosyl units in α-2,8 linkages (≫5 tandem sialic acids). Large decreases in apparent Mr produced by sialidase treatments suggest an extended carbohydrate structure that could inhibit protein-protein interaction. Polysialic acid was formerly proposed to be a unique constituent of neural cell adhesion molecules (N-CAMs) in vertebrates. However, ratios of sialic acid to galactose reported for mammalian brain and muscle Na channels suggest they may also carry this oligosaccharide.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Oct 29 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology