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Glycobiology. 1996 Apr;6(3):337-45.

Retention of Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell wall proteins through a phosphodiester-linked beta-1,3-/beta-1,6-glucan heteropolymer.

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Institute of Molecular Cell Biology, BioCentrum Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Yeast cell wall proteins, including Cwp1p and alpha-agglutinin, could be released by treating the cell wall with either beta-1,3-or beta-1,6-glucanases, indicating that both polymers are involved in anchoring cell wall proteins. It was shown immunologically that both beta-1,3- and beta-1,6-glucan were linked to yeast cell wall proteins, including Cwp1p and alpha-agglutinin. It was further shown that beta-1,3-glucan was linked to the wall protein through a beta-1,6-glucan moiety. The beta-1,6-glucan moiety could be removed from Cwp1p and other cell wall proteins by cleaving phosphodiester bridges either enzymatically using phosphodiesterases or chemically using ice-cold aqueous hydrofluoric acid. These observations are consistent with the notion that cell wall proteins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae are linked to a beta-1,3-/beta-1,6-glucan heteropolymer through a phosphodiester linkage and that this polymer is responsible for anchoring cell wall proteins. It is proposed that this polymer is identical to the alkali-soluble beta-1,3-/beta-1,6-glucan heteropolymer characterized by Fleet and Manners (1976, 1977).

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