Lysosomal and microsomal β-glucuronidase of monkey brain. Differential elution characteristics from con a-sepharose and neutral sugar composition

Keith Alvares*, A. S. Balasubramanian

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Microsomal and lysosomal β-glucuronidase (β-d-glucuronide glucuronosohydrolase, EC of monkey brain were differentially eluted from Con A-Sepharose when subjected to chromatography and linear gradient elution with methyl α-glucoside at 28 ± 1°C. The lysosomal enzyme was eluted as a sharp peak in the first few fractions, while the microsomal enzyme was eluted as a broad peak extending over several fractions. This differential pattern of elution was dependent only on the temperature of elution and the concentration of methyl α-glucoside used. The lysosomal and microsomal glucuronidases were purified to apparent homogeneity and their neutral sugar analysed. Both of them contained glucose, mannose and fucose but the microsomal enzyme contained about 3-times as much of all these sugars as the lysosomal enzyme. Sodium periodate treatment of the microsomal enzyme resulted in a shift in its elution pattern, similar to the lysosomal enzyme when subjected to Con A-Sepharose chromatography. The content of neutral sugars and the structural features of the oligosaccharide units in the microsomal glucuronidase might be responsible for its elution pattern. A processing of the carbohydrate units of the microsomal glucuronidase might be envisaged to take place if it were to act as a precursor of the lysosomal glucuronidase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-133
Number of pages10
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)/Protein Structure and Molecular
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 9 1982



  • (Monkey brain)
  • Carbohydrate content
  • Con A-Sepharose
  • β-Glucuronidase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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