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Isolation and characterization of glycoproteins from canine tracheal mucus.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
0006-3002
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
536
Issue
1
Pages
184–196
Identifiers
PMID: 708759
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Three homogeneous glycoproteins were isolated from reduced and S-carboxy-methylated canine tracheal pouch mucus by gel filtration and ion-exchange chromatography. Initial fractionation was carried out on Sephadex G-200; chromatography of the excluded Sephadex G-200 fraction on Bio-Gel A-15 m yielded two high molecular weight glycoprotein fractions. Following rechromatography on the same column, the main fraction behaved as an electrophoretically homogeneous high molecular weight (581 600) glycoprotein, with a high carbohydrate content (80%) and a single amino-terminal amino acid (arginine). Ion-exchange chromatography (DEAE-cellulose) of the included Sephadex G-200 fraction yielded two electrophoretically homogeneous glycoproteins of lower molecular weight (20 800 and 24 600, respectively). A single amino-terminal amino acid, glycine and alanine, respectively, was detected for each glycoprotein. Chemical analysis of these three glycoproteins revealed the presence of fucose, galactose, N-acetylgalactosamine, N-acetylglucosamine, N-acetylneuraminic acid and sulfate monoester. The high molecular weight glycoprotein had a higher hexose, sialic acid and sulfate content, per mg of protein, than the low molecular weight glycoproteins. The results of the alkaline borohydride treatment indicated that the majority of the carbohydrate chains of these glycoproteins are linked to the protein core through O-glycosidic bonds involving N-acetylgalactosamine and serine or threonine.

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