Is there a role for GPIs in yeast cell-wall assembly?

Trends Cell Biol. 1994 Feb;4(2):42-5. doi: 10.1016/0962-8924(94)90003-5.


Glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) membrane anchors are essential for the integration of yeast cell adhesion proteins into the cell wall, but mature cell-wall proteins are unlikely to be attached directly to the membrane. We thus propose that GPI-anchored glycoprotein forms are intermediates in a process that crosslinks the major components of the cell wall by transglycosylation. This mechanism may be critical for both the biosynthesis and overall architecture of the cell wall.