Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 155, Issue 3, pp 217–220

Characterization of different forms of yeast acid trehalase in the secretory pathway

  • Klaus Mittenbühler
  • Helmut Holzer
Original Papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF00252203

Cite this article as:
Mittenbühler, K. & Holzer, H. Arch. Microbiol. (1991) 155: 217. doi:10.1007/BF00252203


The biosynthesis and processing of the vacuolar (lysosomal) acid trehalase (molecular mass about 220 kDa) was followed in vivo using mutants conditionally defective in the secretory pathway. A precursor of 41 kDa was found in sec61 mutant cells deficient in translocation of secretory protein precursors into the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum. Endoglycosidase H and N-glycosidase F treatment of purified acid trehalase in vitro resulted in a 41 kDa band, indicating that the precursor form found in sec61 mutant cells corresponds to the carbohydrate-free form of the enzyme. sec 18 mutant cells, blocked in the delivery of secretory proteins from the endoplasmic reticulum to the Golgi body accumulate a form with a molecular mass of 76 kDa which probably corresponds to a partially glycosylated precursor of the mature acid trehalase. This precursor partially disappears in favour of the appearance of a higher molecular weight component of 180 kDa in sec7 mutants which are blocked in the delivery step of secretory proteins from the Golgi body to the vacuole. In wild-type cells the fully glycosylated mature form of acid trehalase of about 220 kDa was observed accompanied by some 180 kDa and 76 kDa material.

Key words

Yeast acid trehalaseSecretory pathwayVacuolar trehalaseGlycoproteinsTrehalase

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© Springer-Verlag 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus Mittenbühler
    • 1
  • Helmut Holzer
    • 1
  1. 1.Biochemisches InstitutUniversität FreiburgFreiburgFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Laboratory of BiochemistryNIHBethesdaUSA