Purification and characterization of secretory-type GDP-L-fucose: beta-D-galactoside 2-alpha-L-fucosyltransferase from human gastric mucosa

J Biochem. 1995 Sep;118(3):541-5. doi: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.jbchem.a124942.


alpha-(1,2)-Fucosyltransferase (GDP-L-fucose:beta-D-galactoside 2-alpha-L-fucosyltransferase) from human gastric mucosa was purified to homogeneity by column chromatographies on Ultrogel AcA34, phenyl-Sepharose, hydroxylapatite, SP-Sephadex, and GDP-hexanol-amine Sepharose. The molecular weight of the purified enzyme was estimated to be 65,000 by SDS-PAGE. The Km value of this enzyme for a type 1 sugar acceptor was a little smaller than that for a type 2 one, indicating this enzyme is a secretor-type alpha-(1,2)-fucosyltransferase. However, the difference between the Km value for a type 1 precursor and that for a type 2 one was very small, suggesting that this enzyme can use both types of precursors as sugar acceptors approximately equally, unlike the purified alpha-(1,2)-fucosyltransferase from human serum as the secretor-type reported previously. The characteristics of the purified enzyme were compared with those of H-type alpha-(1,2)-fucosyltransferase from human plasma. The activities of both enzymes were inhibited by salt and N-ethylmaleimide, but they showed a significant difference in their divalent cation requirements.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Fucosyltransferases / isolation & purification*
  • Fucosyltransferases / metabolism*
  • Gastric Mucosa / enzymology*
  • Golgi Apparatus / enzymology
  • Guanosine Diphosphate Fucose / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Isoenzymes / isolation & purification*
  • Isoenzymes / metabolism*
  • Kinetics
  • Substrate Specificity


  • Isoenzymes
  • Guanosine Diphosphate Fucose
  • Fucosyltransferases
  • galactoside 2-alpha-L-fucosyltransferase