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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2001 Jun 15;1526(3):242-8.

Chemo-enzymatic synthesis of a bioactive peptide containing a glutamine-linked oligosaccharide and its characterization.

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The Noguchi Institute, Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan.


A bioactive peptide containing a glutamine-linked oligosaccharide was chemo-enzymatically synthesized by use of the solid-phase method of peptide synthesis and the transglycosylation activity of endo-beta-N-acetylglucosaminidase. Substance P, a neuropeptide, is an undecapeptide containing two L-glutamine residues. A substance P derivative with an N-acetyl-D-glucosamine residue attached to the fifth or sixth L-glutamine residue from the N-terminal region was chemically synthesized. A sialo complex-type oligosaccharide derived from a glycopeptide of hen egg yolk was added to the N-acetyl-D-glucosamine moiety of the substance P derivative using the transglycosylation activity of endo-beta-N-acetylglucosaminidase from Mucor hiemalis, and a substance P derivative with a sialo complex-type oligosaccharide attached to the L-glutamine residue was synthesized. This glycosylated substance P was biologically active, although the activity was rather low, and stable against peptidase digestion. The oligosaccharide moiety attached to the L-glutamine residue of the peptide was not liberated by peptide-N(4)-(N-acetyl-beta-D-glucosaminyl) asparagine amidase F.

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