Archives of biochemistry and biophysics

Structures of the carbohydrate moieties of human prostatic acid phosphatase elucidated by H1 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

PMID 3674882


The structures of the oligosaccharides comprising the carbohydrate moieties of human prostatic acid phosphatase were elucidated by 1H NMR spectroscopy. Homogeneous enzyme was digested with Pronase P, and three asparagine-linked carbohydrate moieties were obtained upon fractionation of the digest using a concanavalin A-Sepharose affinity column. One fraction did not bind to the column, while the portion that did bind was separated into two fractions by elution with two concentrations of mannose. The high-resolution 1H NMR spectra for the three fractions were recorded at 470 MHz. From these data, the structures were deduced to be high mannose, partially sialylated and fucosylated biantennary complex, and fucosylated, partially sialylated triantennary complex oligosaccharides. No O-linked carbohydrate moiety was detected, although the possible presence of small O-linked oligosaccharides cannot be completely discounted from these data.