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An Enzyme Transfers the Intact Oligosaccharides: Endo-M

 *1 unit will catalyze the release of 1 μmol of pNP-GlcNAc from Disialylnonasaccharide-β-pNP per min. at pH6.0 at 37°C
 Endo-M is one of the enzymes known as endo-β-N-acetylglucosaminidases (endo-β-GlcNAc-ases). This enzyme was found by Yamamoto et al.1), in the culture fluid of Mucor hiemalis isolated from soil. Endo-M hydrolyzes the N,N'-diacetylchitobiose moiety in oligosaccharides bound to the asparaginyl residue of various glycoproteins through the N-glycosidic linkage. The efficacy of this enzyme comes from the fact that one N-acetylglucosamine residue remains bound to the protein while cleaving the N,N'-diacetylchitobiose moiety. The enzyme is thus able to transfer the intact oligosaccharide to suitable acceptors. Unlike the conventional endo-β-GlcNAc-ase, it has been found that Endo-M is an enzyme with a broad substrate specificity, cleaving not only the high-mannose type and hybrid type of asparagine-linked oligosaccharides but also the complex type oligosaccharides in glycoproteins. Therefore, Endo-M is expected to be applied to various fields.
 Yamamoto et al.2) incubated an asialotransferrin glycopeptide with Endo-M in the presence of GlcNAc, followed by pyridylaminating (PA) oligosaccharides in the supernatant. In this experiment, they observed by HPLC that two separate PA-oligosaccharides had formed. One was the oligosaccharide released by hydrolysis, and the other was the released oligosaccharide that was transfered to GlcNAc. As acceptors, diacetylchitobiose and dansyl-asparaginyl N-acetylglucosamine [DNS-Asn(GlcNAc)] were also found to be effective. The enzyme was also capable of transferring high-mannose oligosaccharide to the acceptor diacetylchitobiose.
 Haneda et al.3) have transferred oligosaccharides with 9-fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl-asparaginyl-N-acetyl-glucosaminide [Fmoc-Asn(GlcNAc)] by incubating sialotransferrin glycopeptide, asialotransferrin glycopeptide and Man6GlcNAc2-Asn-peptide with Endo-M. Furthermore, synthetic hCG (β12-16)-GlcNAc-peptide has been subjected to transglycosylate with a sialo complex type oligosaccharide. An alternative synthetic method of peptide containing GlcNAc has been developed by Inazu et al.4) This method uses Fmoc-Asn(GlcNAc), which was synthesized from aspartic acid containing an N-terminal group protected by an Fmoc group, and azide of GlcNAc instead of Fmoc-Asn-OH, and it applies a mixed acid anhydride method using dimethylthiophosphic acid (Mpt-MA) which generally shows poor responses toward the hydroxyl group. By combining this method with Endo-M, many glycopeptides can be designed and easily prepared. Yamamoto5) has compiled the outline of this methodology as the Chemo-Enzymatic Synthesis in his review. Endo-M can also be used to create new functions, by introducing glyco-chains, to the substances that originally do not have the specific functions.6)
 As a specific example, it is also possible to synthesize functional undecasaccharide by transferring a biotin and azidoethyl group to an acceptor oligosaccharide as shown below.


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