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Structural studies on the glycoproteins from bovine cervical mucus.

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Abstract

The depolymerization of bovine cervical glycoprotein resulting from cleavage of disulphide bonds. Pronase digestion and both procedures sequentially was assessed by using gel filtration. Cleavage of disulphide bonds followed by Pronase digestion produced more extensive depolymerization than did either treatment alone, and gel filtration of the products resulted in two major peaks of glycosylated material on Sepharose CL-2B and Sepharose 4B. The glycopolypeptides in both peaks had similar sugar and sulphate compositions, but they migrated to different extents on gel electrophoresis. Electrophoretic studies indicated that both glycopolypeptides were derived from the same glycoprotein molecule and not from a mixture of two similar glycoproteins. Pronase digestion of glycoproteins in which the disulphide bonds had been labelled with iodo-[1-14C]acetamide revealed that most of the cysteine residues were situated in regions susceptible to Pronase. The results show the presence of two types of structural regions in bovine cervical glycoprotein, namely 'naked' peptide or non-glycosylated regions and glycopolypeptide subunit regions in which glycopolypeptides of two different sizes predominate. Comparison of the cervical glycoproteins isolated from mucus secreted during oestrus and pregnancy, by the methods outlined above, did not reveal any structural differences in the glycoproteins to explain the different physical properties of the mucus secreted under these conditions.

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