Distinct kinetics of (H/K/N)Ras glucosylation and Rac1 glucosylation catalysed by Clostridium sordellii lethal toxin

FEBS Lett. 2009 Oct 6;583(19):3133-9. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2009.09.006. Epub 2009 Sep 8.


Mono-glucosylation of (H/K/N)Ras by Clostridium sordellii lethal toxin (TcsL) blocks critical survival signaling pathways, resulting in apoptotic cell death. One yet unsolved problem in studies on TcsL is the lack of a method allowing the specific detection of (H/K/N)Ras glucosylation. In this study, we identify the Ras(Mab 27H5) antibody as a glucosylation-sensitive antibody capable for the immunoblot detection of (H/K/N)Ras glucosylation in TcsL-treated cells. Alternative Ras antibodies including the K-Ras(Mab F234) antibody or the v-H-Ras(Mab Y13-159) antibody recognize Ras proteins regardless of glucosylation. (H/K)Ras are further shown to be more efficaciously glucosylated by TcsL than Rac1 in rat basophilic leukemia cells as well as in a cell-free system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies
  • Apoptosis
  • Bacterial Toxins / metabolism*
  • Bacterial Toxins / pharmacology
  • Catalysis
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Glycosylation
  • Rats
  • rac1 GTP-Binding Protein / immunology
  • rac1 GTP-Binding Protein / metabolism*
  • ras Proteins / metabolism*


  • Antibodies
  • Bacterial Toxins
  • lethal toxin LT, Clostridium sordellii
  • rac1 GTP-Binding Protein
  • ras Proteins