Novel citronellyl-based photoprobes designed to identify ER proteins interacting with dolichyl phosphate in yeast and mammalian cells

Jeffrey S. Rush, Thangaiah Subramanian, Karunai L. Subramanian, Fredrick O. Onono, Charles J. Waechter, Hans P. Spielmann

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Background: Dolichyl phosphate-linked mono- and oligosaccharides (DLO) are essential intermediates in protein N-glycosylation, C- and O-mannosylation and GPI anchor biosynthesis. While many membrane proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) involved in the assembly of DLOs are known, essential proteins believed to be required for the transbilayer movement (flip-flopping) and proteins potentially involved in the regulation of DLO synthesis remain to be identified. Methods: The synthesis of a series of Dol-P derivatives composed of citronellyl- based photoprobes with benzophenone groups equipped with alkyne moieties for Huisgen “click” chemistry is now described to utilize as tools for identifying ER proteins involved in regulating the biosynthesis and transbilayer movement of lipid intermediates. In vitro enzymatic assays were used to establish that the photoprobes contain the critical structural features recognized by pertinent enzymes in the dolichol pathway. ER proteins that photoreacted with the novel probes were identified by MS. Results: The potential of the newly designed photoprobes, m-PAL-Cit-P and p-PAL-Cit-P, for identifying previously unidentified Dol-Pinteracting proteins is supported by the observation that they are enzymatically mannosylated by Man-P-Dol synthase (MPDS) from Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells at an enzymatic rate similar to that for Dol-P. MS analyses reveal that DPM1, ALG14 and several other yeast ER proteins involved in DLO biosynthesis and lipid-mediated protein O-mannosylation photoreacted with the novel probes. Conclusion: The newlydesigned photoprobes described in this paper provide promising new tools for the identification of yet to be identified Dol-P interacting ER proteins in yeast and mammalian cells, including the Dol-P flippase required for the “re-cycling” of the glycosyl carrier lipid from the lumenal monolayer of the ER to the cytoplasmic leaflet for new rounds of DLO synthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-141
Number of pages19
JournalCurrent Chemical Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015

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  • Click chemistry
  • Dolichol
  • Flippases
  • Photo-affinity probes
  • Proteomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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