Concanavalin A, wheat germ agglutinin and the ovalbumin glycopeptide are all inhibitors of the cytotoxic effect of diphtheria toxin on Chinese hamster cells. Ovalbumin glycopeptide loses its inhibitory property after treatment with β-N-acetylglucosaminidase. This demonstrates the importance of the glycopeptide structure for the mechanism of inhibition. The glycopeptide may be a toxin cell-surface receptor analogue. Diphtheria toxin-resistant mutants were isolated in order to search for cells that might have an altered toxin receptor. One mutant was 10- to 15-fold more resistant to diphtheria toxin than wild-type cells when protein synthesis was measured as a function of toxin concentration. However, when protein synthesis was measured as a function of time at a high toxin concentration, the time before onset of inhibition was identical in the mutant and wild-type cells. The authors present evidence indicating that the resistance of this mutant can be accounted for by a decreased affinity of toxin for a cell-surface receptor.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Supramolecular and Cellular Biochemistry|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1979|
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