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J Bacteriol. 1987 Feb;169(2):475-82.

Identification of glycoprotein components of alpha-agglutinin, a cell adhesion protein from Saccharomyces cerevisiae.


Several glycoproteins which inhibit the agglutinability of Saccharomyces cerevisiae mating type a cells were partially purified from extracts of mating type alpha cells. These proteins, called alpha-agglutinin, were labeled with 125I-Bolton-Hunter reagent. The labeled alpha-agglutinin showed specific binding to a cells. Such specific binding approached saturation with respect to agglutinin or cells and was inhibited in the presence of excess unlabeled alpha-agglutinin. Nonspecific binding was similar in a and alpha cells, was neither saturable nor competable, and was three- to fourfold less than the specific binding to a cells at maximum tested agglutinin concentrations. The major a-specific binding species had a low electrophoretic mobility in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gels and had an apparent molecular weight of 155,000 by rate zonal centrifugation. Endo-N-acetylglucosaminidase H digestion of the purified glycoprotein complex converted the low-mobility material to four major and several minor bands which were resolved by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. All but two minor peptides bound specifically to a cells. Analyses of agglutinin from mnn mutants confirmed the deglycosylation results in suggesting that the N-linked carbohydrate portion of alpha-agglutinin was not necessary for activity.

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