To determine which glycoproteins may be critical to sexual development in Dictyostelium discoideum, cell samples from different developmental stages were separated by sodium dodecyl sulfate - polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and blotted to nitrocellulose. Concanavalin A (ConA) and wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) binding proteins were visualized on the blots using an immunochemical procedure employing peroxidase-antiperoxidase. ConA labelled at least 28 proteins, but only one band showed calcium-dependent changes in its expression. WGA bound at least 30 proteins and changes in several bands were observed that did not occur in calcium-deficient controls. Two WGA-binding glycoproteins which migrated at 200 and 166 kilodaltons (kDa), respectively, showed developmental changes associated with the time of cell fusion. One WGA-binding and one ConA-binding glycoprotein migrating at 130 and 126 kDa, respectively, appeared later during sexual development, in association with the phase of zygote differentiation. Several WGA- and ConA-binding glycoproteins decreased during sexual development, but were not affected by the absence of calcium ions. Tunicamycin (1 microgram/mL) inhibited cell fusion when added to sexual cultures prior to the appearance of the 166-kDa glycoprotein gp166. The effects of this inhibitor on development support the importance of glycoproteins to cell fusion during sexual development in D. discoideum.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Biochemistry and cell biology = Biochimie et biologie cellulaire|
|State||Published - Apr 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology