The effects of Con A on cell surface shedding in cell cultures

T. C. Doetschman

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A cell surface immobilizing concentration of Con A inhibits the shedding of [3H]fucose-containing glycoproteins from the surface of chick embryonic leg and breast muscle cell cultures and cultures of the rat skeletal muscle cell line L6. The Con A-induced inhibition of shedding is much less in the mouse fibroblast cell line 3T3. In all 4 cell types the lectin inhibits the shedding of some fucosyl-glycoproteins more than others, especially those of a lipid-containing fraction which is excluded in Biogel A-5m chromatography. This differential nature of the Con A effect is not changed by the cytoskeletal disruptors cytochalasin B or colchicine. Con A causes an increase in the amount of trypsin-sensitive surface fucosylglycoprotein in the cell surface and appears to decrease the overall amount of cell surface degradatioon suggesting that the inhibition of shedding caused by Con A is not due to an increase in internalization and degradation. The data suggest that some shedding may occur at specific cell surface sites to which surface materials must laterally migrate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-234
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Cell Science
StatePublished - 1980

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  • Cell Biology


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