Author(s): Van Zuylen CW, De Beer T, Rademaker GJ, Haverkamp J, ThomasOates JE,
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Abstract Numerous studies have shown that glycosylation of the alpha-subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin (alpha hCG) is essential for the biological activity of this hormone. To obtain detailed insight into the function of N-glycosylation, the availability of site-specifically and fully deglycosylated alpha-subunits obtained under non-denaturing conditions is a prerequisite. NMR spectroscopy in combination with FAB-mapping demonstrates that only Asn52 of the alpha-subunit is accessible to digestion by peptide-N4-(N-acetyl-beta-glucosaminyl)asparagine amidase F under native conditions. Treatment of native alpha hCG with endo-beta-N-acetylglucosaminidase B results in full deglycosylation yielding alpha hCG with one GlcNAc residue at both Asn52 and Asn78.
This article was published in Eur J Biochem
and referenced in Journal of Glycomics & Lipidomics