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The variant surface glycoproteins of Trypanosoma equiperdum. Identification of a phosphorylated glycopeptide as the cross-reacting antigenic determinant



The variant surface glycoproteins of Trypanosoma equiperdum. Identification of a phosphorylated glycopeptide as the cross-reacting antigenic determinant



Febs Letters 158(1): 174-178



The cross-reacting antigenic determinant in the variant surface glycoproteins (VSGs) of Trypanosoma equiperdum was studied by testing the ability of VSG glycopeptides to bind heterologous anti-VSG sera. VSG glycopeptide purification revealed the presence of 3 oligosaccharide sidechains on the mature VSG. These consist of two sidechains containing only mannose and glucosamine and a third containing galactose and mannose (in a 5:1 ratio) as well as phosphorous and ethanolamine. This phosphorylated fragment completely blocked the binding of VSG to heterologous anti-VSG and therefore contained the cross-reacting determinants.

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PMID: 6190682

DOI: 10.1016/0014-5793(83)80702-9


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