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Biochemistry. 1987 Aug 25;26(17):5315-22.

Deglycosylation studies on tracheal mucin glycoproteins.

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Department of Biological Chemistry, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey 17033.


Following several model experiments, conditions were developed for optimal deglycosylation of tracheal mucin glycoproteins. Exposure of rigorously dried material to trifluoromethanesulfonic acid at 0 degree C for up to 8 h results in cleavage of essentially all fucose, galactose, and N-acetylglucosamine, about 80% of the N-acetylneuraminic acid (NeuNAc), and a variable amount of N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc), the sugar involved in linkage to protein. Residual N-acetylneuraminic acid is sialidase susceptible and apparently in disaccharide units, presumably NeuNAc2----GalNAc. The remaining N-acetylgalactosamine is mostly present as monosaccharides, and a few Gal beta 1----3GalNAc alpha units are also present; both are cleaved by appropriate enzymatic treatment. The saccharide-free proteins obtained from either human or canine mucin glycoproteins have molecular weights of about 100,000 and require chaotropic agents or detergents for effective solubilization.

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