Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. General Subjects vol:1425 issue:3 pages:587-98
Gelatinase B (matrix metalloproteinase-9, MMP-9) contains three N-glycosylation sites and a Ser/Thr/Pro-rich type V collagen domain with repetitive attachment sites for O-linked sugars. Recombinant mouse gelatinase B was expressed in the yeast Pichia pastoris and the N-linked oligosaccharides of the truncated glycoprotein variants were analysed by in gel enzymatic release followed by mass spectrometry and normal phase HPLC. This technology, despite of the limiting amount of material, allowed the analysis of the formula of N- and O-linked sugars of the different glycoprotein variants. The 112/99- and 88-kDa gelatinase B forms each contained an oligomannose series (Man(8)GlcNAc(2) to Man(15)GlcNAc(2)). Analysis of the hydrazine-released sugars showed that the O-linked oligosaccharides contained alpha 1-2, alpha 1-3 or alpha 1-6 linked mannoses. These results were confirmed by lectin blot analysis of intact and glycosidase-treated enzyme variants. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.