Golgi galactosyltransferase contains serine‐linked phosphate

Ger J. STROUS, Peter van KERKHOF, Robert J. FALLON, Alan L. SCHWARTZ

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In HeLa and HepG2 cells the Golgi complex enzyme galactosyltransferase became phosphorylated following incubation with 32Pi. Analysis on sodium dodecyl sulphate/polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis revealed incorporation of 32P into the mature 54‐kDa form. This phosphorylation was independent of protein synthesis. Serine was identified as the sole phosphorylated amino acid; no radioactive phosphate was detected on N‐linked oligosaccharide. The phosphate‐labelled galactosyltransferase has the same turnover as [35S]methionine‐labelled polypeptides (t1/2= 20 h). Soluble enzyme, released by the cells, contained very little phosphate relative to that which remained cell‐associated. Charge heterogeneity arising from phosphorylation contributes in part to the heterodispersed appearance of the enzyme on two‐dimensional gels, as the degree of radioactive phosphate differs among the different iso‐enzymes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-311
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Biochemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1987


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