Receptor-mediated endocytosis of fucosylated neoglycoprotein by macrophages

Kakali Sarkar, Himadri Sekhar Sarkar, Labanyamoy Kole, Pijush K. Das

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The characteristics of the recognition system involved in the receptor mediated endocytosis of the neoglycoprotein, fucose-human serum albumin (HSA) were studied. It was found that (i) fucose-HSA showed strong affinity binding and uptake by various macrophages; (ii) binding was specific for L-fucose and D-mannose; (iii) binding was found to be inhibited by oxidant like H2O2 and swainsonine whereas it was elevated by dexamethasone; (iv) clearance of 125I-fucose-HSA was rapid and strongly inhibited by unlabelled fucose-HSA. Greater than 70% of fucose-HSA was found in liver and more than 60% of this was found in liver lysosomes; (v) uptake of fucose-HSA was thirty-fold more efficient in liver macrophages (Kupffer cells) than in hepatocytes; (vi) moreover, mannose-HSA and ovalbumin which are potent inhibitors of mannose/N-acetylglucosamine receptors inhibited clearance and uptake of fucose-HSA by liver as well as by isolated Kupffer cells suggesting the involvement of both fucose and mannose receptors or a single type of receptor having greater affinity for fucose-HSA than for mannose-HSA. These results emphasize the important role of fucose-terminated glycoproteins in site-specific drug targeting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-116
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 22 1996


  • Endocytosis
  • Macrophages
  • Neoglycoproteins
  • Sugar receptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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