Hodgkin's disease-derived giant cell lines (HD-cells) express high levels of ectosialyltransferase activity presumed to be a galactose-specific lectin recognizing the desialylated 3-fucosyl-N-acetyllactosamine structure (X-hapten). Both the anti-X-hapten monoclonal antibody VIM-D5 and a polyclonal antiserum to another galactose-lectin, the hepatic asialoglycoprotein receptor (HBP), recognize a 55,000-mol wt HD-cell protein (Paietta, E., R.J. Stockert, A.G. Morell, V. Diehl, and P.H. Weirnik. 1986. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 83:3451-3455). That the expression of the 55,000-mol wt protein is restricted to HD-cells among X-hapten positive cell lines is confirmed in this study. The 55,000-mol wt protein is shown to be present on the cell surface and intracellularly, where an additional immunocrossreactive 150,000-mol wt protein is recognized. Extraction of the 55,000 mol wt protein from HD-cell lysates by affinity chromatography results in the loss of sialyltransferase activity. While evidence for a single protein possessing both the antigenic and the enzymatic activity is not direct, these results suggest that the ectosialyltransferase unique to HD-cells is a 55,000-mol wt membrane glycoprotein possessing the X-hapten oligosaccharide.
ASJC Scopus subject areas