N-Glycosylation of the MUC1 mucin in epithelial cells and secretions.

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Parry S, Hanisch FG, Leir SH, Sutton-Smith M, Morris HR, Dell A, Harris A

N-Glycosylation of the MUC1 mucin in epithelial cells and secretions.

Glycobiology. 2006 Jul;16(7):623-34. Epub 2006 Apr 3.

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The MUC1 mucin is an important tumor-associated antigen that shows extensive glycosylation in vivo. The O-glycosylation of this molecule, which has been well characterized in many cell types and tissues, is important in conferring the unusual biochemical and biophysical properties on a mucin. N-Glycosylation is crucial to the folding, sorting, membrane trafficking, and secretion of many proteins. Here, we evaluated the N-glycosylation of MUC1 derived from two sources: endogenous MUC1 isolated from human milk and a recombinant epitope-tagged MUC1F overexpressed in Caco2 colon carcinoma cells. N-Glycans on purified MUC1F/MUC1 were analyzed by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and CAD-ESI-MS/MS. The spectra indicate that MUC1F N-glycans have compositions consistent with high-mannose structures (Hex(5-9)HexNAc(2)) and complex/hybrid-type glycans (NeuAc(0-3)Fuc(0-3)Hex(3-8)HexNAc(3-7)). Many of the N-glycan structures are identical on MUC1F and native MUC1; however, a marked difference is seen between the N-glycans on membrane-bound and secreted forms of the native molecule.

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