The time course for the partial deglycosylation of blood-group-specific glycoproteins from human ovarian-cyst fluids with 0.25 M-H2SO4/acetic acid and 6 M-HCl in methanol was studied. Either reagent readily removed about 80% of the carbohydrate from the glycoproteins to leave non-diffusible glycopeptides that contain N-acetylgalactosamine as the predominant sugar. Some changes in amino acid distribution were observed during the deglycosylation, which were attributed to an accelerated break-up of the nonglycosylated regions of the parent glycoprotein. The N-acetylgalactosaminyl-peptides isolated were judged to be polydisperse by gel filtration, and ion-exchange chromatography divided the glycopeptide population into several fractions with differing amino acid compositions. A Lumbricus terrestris hexosaminidase preparation was successful in removing almost all the remaining sugar from the glycopeptides, but caused further rupture of the peptide. When a per O-acetylated glycoprotein was treated with the H2SO4/acetic acid reagent the glycopeptide contained, in addition to N-acetylgalactosamine, about 50% of the sialic acid present in the parent glycoprotein, indicating that most of this sugar is located near the peptide end of the carbohydrate chains.
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