The endoplasmic reticulum resident protein calnexin interacts with several glycoproteins including class I MHC molecules. Calnexin is thought to retain free class I heavy chains and/or promote their folding and assembly with β- microglobulin and peptide ligand. Whereas with other glycoproteins, Asn- linked glycans seem to be involved in calnexin association, with class I molecules the transmembrane region has been implicated. To critically define the structures on class I molecules that determine their interaction with calnexin, we have studied carbohydrate-deficient and transmembrane-variant class I molecules. Carbohydrate-deficient class I molecules were found to accumulate intracellularly in an open, non-β2-microglobulin-associated conformation. However, open as well as conformed class I molecules showed significant calnexin association whether they were aglycosylated or fully glycosylated. Thus, carbohydrate moieties may be necessary for efficient class I folding, but are not required for calnexin association. Calnexin was also found associated with a soluble class I molecule that has a truncated transmembrane segment, demonstrating that membrane attachment of class I is not required for interaction with calnexin. Finally, two isoforms of the class Ib molecule Q7(b) were compared. Unexpectedly, the glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored Q7(b) isoform was found associated with calnexin, whereas the soluble Q7(b) isoform was not calnexin associated. These comparisons of Q7(b) isoforms implicate the class I-connecting peptide segment and not the transmembrane region as a site of interaction with calnexin.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy