The proteoglycans secreted by a malignant human breast cell line (MDA-MB-231) were compared with the corresponding proteoglycans from a normal human breast cell line (HBL-100). The physicochemical characteristics of these proteoglycans were established by hexosamine analysis, chemical and enzymatic degradations, and dissociative cesium chloride density gradient centrifugation, and by gel filtration before and after alkaline β-elimination. Both cell lines secreted approximately 70% of the synthesized proteoglycans, which were composed of 20% heparan sulfate and 80% chrondroitin sulfate proteoglycans. The MDA cell line secreted large hydrodynamic size (major) and small hydrodynamic size heparin sulfate proteoglycan. In contrast HBL cells secreted only one species having a hydrodynamic size intermediate to the above two. The chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans from MDA medium were slightly larger than the corresponding polymers from HBL medium. All proteoglycans except the small hydrodynamic size heparan sulfate proteoglycan from MDA medium were of high buoyant density. The proteoglycans of both cell lines contained significant proportions of disulfide-linked lower molecular weight components which were more pronounced in the proteoheparan sulfate polymers, particularly those from MDA medium, than in chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans. The glycosaminoglycans of heparan sulfate proteoglycans from MDA medium were more heterogeneous than those from HBL medium. The glycosaminoglycan chains of large hydrodynamic size heparan sulfate proteoglycans from MDA medium were larger in size than those from HBL medium while small hydrodynamic size heparan sulfate proteoglycans contained shorter glycosaminoglycan chains. In contrast to the glycosaminoglycans derived from chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans of both MDA and HBL medium were comparable in size. The heparan sulfate as well as chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans of both cell lines contained both neutral (di- and tetrasaccharides) and sialylated (tri- to hexasaccharides) O-linked oligosaccharides.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1986|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology