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Photocross-linking of nascent chains to the STT3 subunit of the oligosaccharyltransferase complex
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, Texas.
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2003 (English)In: Journal of Cell Biology, ISSN 0021-9525, E-ISSN 1540-8140, Vol. 161, no 4, 715-725 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In eukaryotic cells, polypeptides are N glycosylated after passing through the membrane of the ER into the ER lumen. This modification is effected cotranslationally by the multimeric oligosaccharyltransferase (OST) enzyme. Here, we report the first cross-linking of an OST subunit to a nascent chain that is undergoing translocation through, or integration into, the ER membrane. A photoreactive probe was incorporated into a nascent chain using a modified Lys-tRNA and was positioned in a cryptic glycosylation site (-Q-K-T- instead of -N-K-T-) in the nascent chain. When translocation intermediates with nascent chains of increasing length were irradiated, nascent chain photocross-linking to translocon components, Sec61alpha and TRAM, was replaced by efficient photocross-linking solely to a protein identified by immunoprecipitation as the STT3 subunit of the OST No cross-linking was observed in the absence of a cryptic sequence or in the presence of a competitive peptide substrate of the OST. As no significant nascent chain photocross-linking to other OST subunits was detected in these fully assembled translocation and integration intermediates, our results strongly indicate that the nascent chain portion of the OST active site is located in STT3.

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2003. Vol. 161, no 4, 715-725 p.
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N glycosylation, oligosaccharyltransferase, STT3, photocross-linking, nascent protein chain
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Cell Biology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19160DOI: 10.1083/jcb.200301043ISI: 000183286700008PubMedID: 12756234OAI: diva2:185683
Available from: 2007-12-27 Created: 2007-12-27 Last updated: 2016-02-24Bibliographically approved

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