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Articles by H Manya
Total Records ( 3 ) for H Manya
  K Akasaka Manya , H Manya , Y Sakurai , B. S Wojczyk , Y Saito , N Taniguchi , S Murayama and S. L Spitalnik

Alteration of glycoprotein glycans often changes various properties of the target glycoprotein and contributes to a wide variety of diseases. Here, we focused on the N-glycans of amyloid precursor protein whose cleaved fragment, β-amyloid, is thought to cause much of the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We previously determined the N-glycan structures of normal and mutant amyloid precursor proteins (the Swedish type and the London type). In comparison with normal amyloid precursor protein, mutant amyloid precursor proteins had higher contents of bisecting GlcNAc residues. Because N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase III (GnT-III) is the glycosyltransferase responsible for synthesizing a bisecting GlcNAc residue, the current report measured GnT-III mRNA expression levels in the brains of AD patients. Interestingly, GnT-III mRNA expression was increased in AD brains. Furthermore, β-amyloid treatment increased GnT-III mRNA expression in Neuro2a mouse neuroblastoma cells. We then examined the influence of bisecting GlcNAc on the production of β-amyloid. Both β-amyloid 40 and β-amyloid 42 were significantly decreased in GnT-III-transfected cells. When secretase activities were analyzed in GnT-III transfectant cells, -secretase activity was increased. Taken together, these results suggest that upregulation of GnT-III in AD brains may represent an adaptive response to protect them from additional β-amyloid production.

  E Avsar Ban , H Ishikawa , H Manya , M Watanabe , S Akiyama , H Miyake , T Endo and Y. Tamaru

Two distinct cDNAs corresponding to two zebrafish protein O-mannosyltransferase genes, zPOMT1 and zPOMT2, were cloned from early developmental embryos. Gene expression analysis revealed that zPOMT1 and zPOMT2 were expressed in similar patterns during early embryonic development and in all adult tissues. To study the regulation of zPOMT1 and zPOMT2 mRNA distribution during zebrafish embryogenesis, we injected enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) mRNA fused to the 3'untranslated regions of each zPOMT gene. The distribution of EGFP resulting from the two constructs was similar. Injection of antisense morpholino oligonucleotides of zPOMT1 and zPOMT2 resulted in several severe phenotypes—including bended body, edematous pericaridium and abnormal eye pigmentation. Immunohistochemistry using anti-glycosylated -dystroglycan antibody (IIH6) and morphological analysis revealed that the phenotypes of zPOMT2 knockdown were more severe than those of zPOMT1 knockdown, even though the IIH6 reactivity was lost in both zPOMT1 and zPOMT2 morphants. Finally, only when both zPOMT1 and zPOMT2 were expressed in human embryonic kidney 293T cells were high levels of protein O-mannosyltransferase activity detected, indicating that both zPOMT1 and zPOMT2 were required for full enzymatic activity. Moreover, either heterologous combination, zPOMT1 and human POMT2 (hPOMT2) or hPOMT1 and zPOMT2, resulted in enzymatic activity in cultured cells. These results indicate that the protein O-mannosyltransferase machinery in zebrafish and humans is conserved and suggest that zebrafish may be useful for functional studies of protein O-mannosylation.

  H Manya , K Akasaka Manya , A Nakajima , M Kawakita and T. Endo

The complex of protein O-mannosyltransferase 1 (POMT1) and POMT2 catalyzes the initial step of O-mannosyl glycan biosynthesis. The mutations in either POMT1 or POMT2 can lead to Walker–Warburg syndrome, a congenital muscular dystrophy with abnormal neuronal migration. Here, we used three algorithms for predicting transmembrane helices to construct the secondary structural models of human POMT1 and POMT2. In these models, POMT1 and POMT2 have seven- and nine-transmembrane helices and contain four and five potential N-glycosylation sites, respectively. To determine whether these sites are actually glycosylated, we prepared mutant proteins that were defective in each site by site-directed mutagenesis. Three of the POMT1 sites and all of the POMT2 sites were found to be N-glycosylated, suggesting that these sites face the luminal side of the endoplasmic reticulum. Mutation of any single site did not significantly affect POMT activity, but mutations of all N-glycosylation sites of either POMT1 or POMT2 caused a loss of POMT activity. The loss of activity appeared to be due to the decreased hydrophilicity. These results suggest that the N-glycosylation of POMT1 and POMT2 is required for maintaining the conformation as well as the activity of the POMT1-POMT2 complex.

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