Biosynthesis and processing of the mannose receptor in human macrophages

M. R. Lennartz, F. Sessions Cole, P. D. Stahl

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The biosynthesis and processing of the human mannose receptor has been studied in monocyte-derived macrophages. Adherent cells were labeled for 60 min with Trans35S (a mixture of 35S-labeled methionine and cysteine), chased, and subjected to immunoprecipitation by antibody raised agaisnt the human placental receptor. The antibody immunoprecipitated a single protein of molecular mass 162 kDa; precipitation of the labeled receptor could be inhibited by placental receptor. The results presented demonstrate that the receptor is synthesized as a 154-kDa precursor which is processed to 162 kDa in 90 min. The precursor is a glycoprotein bearing endoglycosidase H-sensitive oligosaccharides; the 162-kDa form is endoglycosidase H-resistant but peptide:N-glycanase-sensitive. Desialylation of the mannose receptor with neuraminidase generates a protein which is recognized by peanut agglutinin, a lectin that specifically binds desialylated O-linked oligosaccharides. Thus, the human macrophage mannose receptor bears both N- and O-linked oligosaccharide chains. Newly synthesized mannose receptor exhibits a half-life of 33 h as determined by pulse-chase studies. This indicates that on the average, each molecule of receptor recycles between the cell surface and endosomes hundreds of times before degradation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2385-2390
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1989

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