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Biological chemistry Hoppe-Seyler

The alpha-mannosidase from Canavalia ensiformis seeds: chemical and kinetic properties and action on animal lymphocytes.


PMID 3370126

Abstract

The alpha-mannosidase from Canavalia ensiformis was characterized with respect to molecular mass, glycoprotein nature, amino-acid composition, enzymic properties and action on animal cells. The enzyme is composed of two pairs of subunits (molecular mass 44 and 66 kDa) which form a tetramer (220 kDa). The larger subunit is glycosylated, the smaller one is not. Both subunits have similar amino-acid compositions. The larger subunit contains a surplus of alanine, aspartic acid/asparagine, histidine, phenylalanine and tyrosine, the smaller one a surplus of glutamic acid/glutamine, serine and threonine. The enzyme is subject to product inhibition by mannose. It stimulates the proliferation of B-lymphocytes from nude mice.