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J Biol Chem. 1981 Jun 10;256(11):5443-9.

A terminal 6-sulfotransferase catalyzing a synthesis of N-acetylgalactosamine 4,6-bissulfate residue at the nonreducing terminal position of chondroitin sulfate.

Abstract

A soluble enzyme from quail oviduct which incorporates sulfate into position 6 of the nonreducing N-acetylgalactosamine 4-sulfate end group of chondroitin sulfate has been purified. This enzyme (termed "terminal 6-sulfotransferase") was partially separated from a 6-sulfotransferase present in the same tissue which catalyzes the incorporation of sulfate into interior portion of unsulfated chondroitin. The basic requirements for the terminal 6-sulfotransferase reaction were shown to be 3'-phosphoadenylyl sulfate (donor) and chondroitin 4-sulfate (acceptor). The substitution of unsulfated chondroitin (prepared from squid skin) for chondroitin 4-sulfate resulted in a total loss of activity. These results suggest that the organization of the proteoglycan-synthesizing apparatus may well involve hitherto unrecognized mechanisms for the sulfation of chondroitin chains.

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