Exogenous gangliosides GD1b and GD1b-lactone, stably associated to rat brain P2 subcellular fraction, modulate differently the process of protein phosphorylation

Rosaria Bassi, Vanna Chigorno, Amelia Fiorilli, Sandro Sonnino, Guido Tettamanti

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Abstract

GD1b and GD1b-lactone (GD1b-L) gangliosides bind to the same extent to a P2 crude membrane preparation from rat brain. After 30 min of incubation with 10-4, 10-5, and 10-6 M solutions of ganglioside, 1,800, 450, and 100 pmol of ganglioside/mg of protein, respectively, were found to be stably associated to the P2 fraction. This association modifies the phosphorylation process of the P2 membrane proteins in a dose-dependent manner, the maximal effect being reached at a ganglioside association of 1.85 nmol/mg of protein and in large part at 450 pmol/mg of protein. The effects of GD1b and GD1b-L on the phosphorylation of five proteins, showing apparent molecular masses of 17, 20, 36, 41, and 44 kDa, were different after 0.5 min of phosphorylation reaction as well as after 15 min. After 0.5 min of reaction, in the presence of stably associated GD1b, the phosphorylation of the 36-, 41-, and 44-kDa proteins was increased with reference to the control, whereas the phosphorylation of the 17- and 20-kDa proteins was decreased. GD1b-L exerted qualitatively similar effects only on the 44-, 41-, and 36-kDa proteins and to a strongly reduced degree. After 15 min of reaction, only the phosphorylation of the 36-kDa protein was stimulated by GD1b; GD1b-L exerted a similar effect, but to a low degree.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1207-1211
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Volume57
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1991

Keywords

  • Ganglioside-lactones
  • Gangliosides
  • Protein phosphorylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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