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Synonyms: mannosyl-chito-dolichol biosynthesis, eukaryotic N-linked glycosylation
|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Carbohydrates Biosynthesis → Oligosaccharides Biosynthesis|
Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Expected Taxonomic Range: Eukaryota
N-linked glycosylation is an important process found in eukaryotes and archaea, and very rarely in bacteria. During this process certain oligosaccharides are attached to an asparagine residue in the polypeptide chain of the target protein. It has been shown that the glycosylation is essential for the proper folding of some eukaryotic proteins.
In Eukaryotes, most N-linked oligosaccharides derive from a 14-residue sugar (tetradecasaccharide) branched precursor that contains 3 glucose, 9 mannose, and 2 N-acetylglucosamine residues, which is attached to a carrier molecule called dolichol. The structure of this precursor is common to most eukaryotes - animals, plants, most fungi,and Euglena gracilis use this tetradecasaccharide precursor, although other protists glycosylate the precursor differently [Samuelson05, Ivatt84, De85]. The pathway for the biosynthesis of the precursor is highly conserved. The archaeal pathway is similar to the eukaryotic one, and there is even sequence similarity between some of the eukaryotic glycosyltransferases and bacterial transferases involved in murein and lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis (reviewed in [Burda99]).
The biosynthetic pathway for this lipid-linked precursor begins with the phosphorylation of dolichol, followed by stepwise addition of sugar residues to form the product dolichyl-diphosphooligosaccharide. This pathway is of particular interest in humans, because defects in the glycosyltransferases involved lead to congenital disorders of glycosylation. The genetic analysis of this pathway in a model organism, the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, has helped to elucidate the molecular basis of these disorders (reviewed in [Aebi01]). Humanization of the N-glycosylation pathway in yeast may allow production of therapeutically useful glycoproteins. Humanization is necessary because N-glycosylation in yeast is of the high-mannose type, which would create a shorter glycoprotein half-life in humans [Wildt05].
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the polyisoprenol dolichol (see a dolichol) contains 14 to 18 isoprene units, with 15 or 16 as the main components ([Jung73], and reviewed in [Burda99]). It is synthesized from farnesyl diphosphate produced by the mevalonate pathway (see also trans, trans-farnesyl diphosphate biosynthesis). Dolichol can be phosphorylated de novo to dolichyl phosphate by the CTP-mediated dolichol kinase, the product of gene SEC59 [Bernstein89, Heller92]. Dolichyl phosphate can also be regenerated by other reactions (reviewed in [Burda99]).
Dolichyl phosphate is the essential carrier lipid for glycosyl residues. Each of the glycosyl residues is added by a specific glycosyltransferase, although not all have been defined [Burda99a], (in [Samuelson05, Gao04]), reviewed in [Burda99, Helenius04]. Reactions in this pathway without defined or putative yeast enzymes are indicated as hypothetical. The substrate specificity of these enzymes results in a highly ordered assembly of glycosyl residues [Burda99a]. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Alg (Asparagine-linked glycosylation) mutants of the glycosyltransferases have been isolated and the accumulated dolichyl-diphospho-glycan intermediates analyzed. On the cytosolic side of the endoplasmic reticulum, glycosyltransferase Alg7 adds phospho-N-acetylglucosamine to dolichol-P; Alg13 and Alg14 form a complex that adds N-acetylglucosamine [Bickel05, Gao05b, Chantret05]; Alg1 adds the first mannose residue; Alg2 adds the second and third mannose residues [OReilly06]; and Alg11 adds the fourth and fifth mannose residues [OReilly06], creating the (mannosyl)5-(N-acetylglucosaminyl)2-diphosphodolichol intermediate [Cipollo01], (reviewed in [Burda99]). There is evidence that Alg1, Alg2 and Alg11 are physically associated in oligomeric complexes, suggesting a possible regulatory mechanism [Gao04].
After the fifth mannose residue is added, the dolichol-diphospho-glycan is translocated (flipped) into the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum by a "flippase", the Rft1 protein [Helenius02]. Mannosyltransferases in the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum, Alg3, Alg9, and Alg12 use dolichyl β-D-mannosyl phosphate, synthesized by the product of gene DPM1, as a sugar donor to add other mannose residues. Also in the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum, dolichyl β-D-glycosyl phosphate, synthesized by Alg5, is the sugar donor to add the three glucose residues via Alg6, Alg8, and Alg10 ([Frank05] and reviewed in [Burda99]).
This core lipid-linked oligosaccharide, (glucosyl)3(mannosyl)9-(N-acetylglucosaminyl)2-diphosphodolichol (dolichyl-diphosphooligosaccharide), is then transferred by an oligosaccharyltransferase, OST, to asparagine residues within the recognition sequence asparagine-x-threonine/serine (N-X-T/S) on nascent polypeptides [Karaoglu97, Karaoglu01]. After transfer, dolichyl diphosphate (dolichyl pyrophosphate) is released in the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum where it is cleaved by a dolichyl diphosphate phosphatase to a dolichyl phosphate. Mechanisms for recycling of this dolichyl phosphate have been proposed [Rush08].
In higher eukaryotes, further processing of the glycosylated, nascent polypeptide by enzymatic glucose addition and removal serves as a quality control mechanism for improperly folded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum, although this mechanism appears to be modified in S. cerevisiae [Jakob98]. Final glycosylation of properly folded proteins occurrs in the golgi (reviewed in [Herscovics93]). In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, expression of the alg genes may also have a role in regulation of the cell cycle (reviewed in [Kukuruzinska99]).
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