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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1978 Jul 17;541(4):435-42.

Enhancement of UDPgalactose: glycoprotein galactosyltransferase in cultured human skin fibroblasts by cationic polypeptides.


UDPgalactose : glycoprotein galactosyltransferase in normal human skin fibroblast homogenates has been assayed using ovalbumin as an acceptor. The activity in the homogenate fraction sedimenting between 51 300 X g and 105 000 X g was enhanced by the addition of a number of catonic polypeptides of L-configuration but not by those of D-configuration. In contrast to the enhancing effect of poly(L-lysine), poly(L-glutamic acid) inhibited the activity. Poly(D-glutamic acid) had no effect. Cationic or anionic amino acid derivatives, spermine or spermidine had no effect on activity. The enhancement of transferase activity by poly(L-arginine) is probably due to an increase in V for UDPgalactose and ovalbumin. The implication of these results for the regulation of glycoprotein synthesis in cultivated skin fibroblasts and for the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis is discussed.

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