Biosynthetic analysis of the human interferon-γ receptor. Identification of N-linked glycosylation intermediates

G. K.K. Hershey, R. D. Schreiber

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Biosynthesis of the human IFNγ receptor was studied using metabolic labeling techniques and immunoprecipitation with receptor-specific monoclonal antibodies. Colo-205 and HepG2 cells labeled with [35S]methionine gave rise to two components with molecular mass 75 and 90 kDa following sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. No bands were detected when immunoprecipitation was performed using irrelevant monoclonal IgG or in the presence of excess ligand, a condition known to block antibody-receptor interaction. When Colo-205 were labeled for increasing periods of time, the 75-kDa form was detected after 5 min, whereas the 90-kDa form appeared only after 60 min. Pulse-chase analysis established that the 75-kDa form was the precursor of the 90-kDa component. Only the 90-kDa form was detected on extrinsically radioiodinated Colo-205 cell surfaces. This observation was confirmed by Western blot analysis of isolated Colo-205 membranes. Digestion of labeled precipitates with peptide:N-glycosidase F caused a 22% reduction in the apparent molecular weight of the IFNγ receptor. Receptor derived from tunicamycin-treated Colo-205 labeled for 5 min displayed a single molecular mass of 65 kDa and expressed ligand binding activity. Longer labeling periods in the presence of tunicamycin revealed the appearance of a second ligand-binding form of 70 kDa. Thus, Colo-205 IFNγ receptors carry asparagine (N)-linked oligosaccharides and possibly some other form of post-translational modification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11981-11988
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number20
StatePublished - 1989


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