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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1999 Jan 6;1426(2):259-73.

The oligosaccharyltransferase complex from yeast.

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  • 1Lehrstuhl für Zellbiologie und Pflanzenphysiologie, Universität Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg, Germany.


N-Glycosylation of eukaryotic secretory and membrane-bound proteins is an essential and highly conserved protein modification. The key step of this pathway is the en bloc transfer of the high mannose core oligosaccharide Glc3Man9GlcNAc2 from the lipid carrier dolichyl phosphate to selected Asn-X-Ser/Thr sequences of nascent polypeptide chains during their translocation across the endoplasmic reticulum membrane. The reaction is catalysed by the enzyme oligosaccharyltransferase (OST). Recent biochemical and molecular genetic studies in yeast have yielded novel insights into this enzyme with multiple tasks. Nine proteins have been shown to be OST components. These are assembled into a heterooligomeric membrane-bound complex and are required for optimal expression of OST activity in vivo in wild type cells. In accord with the evolutionary conservation of core N-glycosylation, there are significant homologies between the protein sequences of OST subunits from yeast and higher eukaryotes, and OST complexes from different sources show a similar organisation as well.

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