Investigation of myelin/oligodendrocyte glycoprotein membrane topology

J Neurochem. 1996 Nov;67(5):2219-22. doi: 10.1046/j.1471-4159.1996.67052219.x.


Myelin/oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) is a CNS-specific integral membrane protein that is an atypical member of the immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily with two potential transmembrane domains based upon hydropathy analysis. With only one other exception, all Ig family members possess a single or no membrane spanning region. In order to analyze MOG membrane topology, we prepared stably transfected cells that express mouse MOG and used three domain-specific antisera to ascertain the localization of these hydrophobic domains. As expected, MOG's glycosylated N-terminal Ig-like domain was identified as extracellular, because membrane permeabilization was not required for immunoreactivity with the MOG1-125 antiserum. In contrast, both MOG154-169 and MOG198-218 antisera stained cells only upon permeabilization. These data indicate that only MOG's N-terminal hydrophobic domain spans the lipid bilayer, and we propose that MOG's C-terminal hydrophobic domain associates with the cytoplasmic face of the plasma membrane. As for MOG's second hydrophobic domain, it is clear that either orientation (transmembrane versus membrane-associated) would be unique among Ig-like proteins, and the implications of our proposed topology for MOG in oligodendroglial plasma membrane are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism*
  • Cell Membrane / ultrastructure
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Humans
  • Immune Sera
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Kidney
  • Mice
  • Models, Structural
  • Myelin Proteins
  • Myelin-Associated Glycoprotein / biosynthesis*
  • Myelin-Associated Glycoprotein / chemistry*
  • Myelin-Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein
  • Oligodendroglia
  • Protein Structure, Secondary*
  • Recombinant Proteins / biosynthesis
  • Recombinant Proteins / chemistry
  • Transfection


  • Immune Sera
  • MOG protein, human
  • Mog protein, mouse
  • Myelin Proteins
  • Myelin-Associated Glycoprotein
  • Myelin-Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein
  • Recombinant Proteins