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J Cell Sci. 1996 Jul;109 ( Pt 7):1975-89.

The role of the membrane-spanning domain and stalk region of N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase I in retention, kin recognition and structural maintenance of the Golgi apparatus in HeLa cells.

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Cell Biology Programme, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany.


Using a series of chimeric and truncated N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase I (NAGT I) molecules we have shown that part of the lumenal stalk region is both necessary and sufficient for kin recognition of mannosidase II and retention in the Golgi stack. The membrane-spanning domain was not required for retention, but replacing part or all of this domain with leucine residues did have a dramatic effect on Golgi morphology. In stable cell lines, stacked cisternae were replaced by tubulo-vesicular clusters containing the mutated NAGT I. The loss of stacked cisternae was proportional to the number of leucines used to replace the membrane-spanning domain.

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