Multivalent binding of ricin to bovine serum albumin-based neoglycoconjugates

Matthew C. Blome, Cara-Lynne Schengrund

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Abstract

Ricin, a ribosome-inactivating protein from the plant Ricinus communis, is a heterodimeric protein. The A chain is a N-glycosidase and the B chain (RTB) is a lectin with two carbohydrate binding sites. RTB has been shown to bind asialofetuin with much greater affinity than it does galactose, supporting the hypothesis that it may exhibit multivalency. To test this, neoglycoconjugates were prepared and tested for their ability to function as ligands for ricin binding. Because the two carbohydrate binding sites on RTB are ∼70 Å apart, bovine serum albumin (BSA) was used as the carbohydrate carrier. It was derivatized with either the oligosaccharide portion of asialo-GM1 or with lactose. These sugars were used because ricin was found to adhere more effectively to asialo-GM1 and LacCer immobilized on plastic than to the other glycosphingolipids tested. Results of binding studies done using surface plasmon resonance indicated that the RTB subunit of ricin exhibited a multivalent effect when it bound to the neoglycoconjugates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1214-1224
Number of pages11
JournalToxicon
Volume51
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

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Ricin
Bovine Serum Albumin
Carbohydrates
Binding Sites
Ribosome Inactivating Proteins
Ricinus
Glycosphingolipids
Surface Plasmon Resonance
Glycoside Hydrolases
Surface plasmon resonance
Lactose
Oligosaccharides
Galactose
Lectins
Sugars
Plastics
Ligands
Proteins
asialo GM1 ganglioside

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In: Toxicon, Vol. 51, No. 7, 01.06.2008, p. 1214-1224.

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