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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1999 Jan 6;1426(2):385-400.

The Gas1 glycoprotein, a putative wall polymer cross-linker.

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Università degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Fisiologia e Biochimica Generali, Via Celoria 26, 20133 Milan, Italy.


The yeast cell wall, which for years has been regarded as a static cellular component, has been revealed to be dynamic in its structure and composition and complex in its enzymatic activity. The S. cerevisiae cell wall is composed of beta-1,3/beta-1,6-glucans, mannoproteins, and chitin, which are assembled into an extracellular matrix essential for maintenance of cell integrity. Gas1p, a glycoprotein anchored to the outer leaflet of the plasma membrane through a glycosylphosphatidylinositol, plays a key role in cell wall assembly. Loss of Gas1p leads to several morphogenetic defects and to a decrease in the amount of cross-links between the cell wall glucans. These defects in turn trigger a compensatory response that guarantees cell viability. Several Gas1p homologs have been isolated from Candida species and S. pombe. The Gas1p family also includes two plant proteins with endo-beta-1,3-glucanase activity. Sequence comparisons reveal that Gas1p family proteins have a modular organization of domains. The genetic and molecular analyses reviewed here suggest that Gas1p could play a role as a polymer cross-linker, presumably by catalyzing a transglycosylation reaction.

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