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J Biol Chem. 2002 Feb 15;277(7):4680-6. Epub 2001 Dec 7.

Porcine pancreatic alpha-amylase shows binding activity toward N-linked oligosaccharides of glycoproteins.

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Course of Advanced Biosciences, Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences, Ochanomizu University, 2-1-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8610, Japan.


Porcine pancreatic alpha-amylase was shown by interaction analyses using a resonance mirror detector and alpha-amylase-immobilized Sepharose to bind with glycoproteins possessing N-glycans but not O-linked mucin-type glycans. Direct binding of three types of N-glycans to the alpha-amylase was demonstrated by surface plasmon resonance. Binding with biotin-polymer sugar probes revealed that the alpha-amylase has affinity to alpha-mannose, alpha-N-acetylneuraminic acid, and beta-N-acetyllactosamine, which are components of N-glycans. The binding of glycoproteins or carbohydrates enhanced the enzyme activity, indicating that the recognition site for N-glycans is different from its catalytic site. The binding activity was unique to porcine pancreatic alpha-amylase and was not observed for alpha-amylase from saliva, wheat, and fungus.

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