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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1983 Apr 29;112(2):482-7.

Occurrence of alpha 2-8 linked polysialosyl units in a neural cell adhesion molecule.


A brain cell surface protein (BSP-2) was isolated from mice of different ages by affinity chromatography using a monoclonal antibody. Analysis of glycopeptides obtained after pronase digestion revealed that the embryonal and neonatal forms of the antigen contained an unusually high proportion of sialic acid, which decreased during development. Methylation analysis of native and neuraminidase treated glycopeptides indicated that the sialic acid occurred as alpha 2-8 bound polysialosyl units, similar to those of the recently described developmentally regulated polysialosyl glycopeptides of rat brain. Furthermore, the carbohydrate and amino acid composition, and electrophoretic mobility of BSP-2 antigen correspond to those reported for a neural cell adhesion molecule (N-CAM).

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