Protein N-glycosylation, protein folding, and protein quality control

Jürgen Roth, Christian Zuber, Sujin Park, Insook Jang, Yangsin Lee, Katarina Gaplovska Kysela, Valérie Le Fourn, Roger Santimaria, Bruno Guhl, Jin Won Cho

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Quality control of protein folding represents a fundamental cellular activity. Early steps of protein N-glycosylation involving the removal of three glucose and some specific mannose residues in the endoplasmic reticulum have been recognized as being of importance for protein quality control. Specific oligosaccharide structures resulting from the oligosaccharide processing may represent a glycocode promoting productive protein folding, whereas others may represent glyco-codes for routing not correctly folded proteins for dislocation from the endoplasmic reticulum to the cytosol and subsequent degradation. Although quality control of protein folding is essential for the proper functioning of cells, it is also the basis for protein folding disorders since the recognition and elimination of non-native conformers can result either in loss-of-function or pathological-gain-of-function. The machinery for protein folding control represents a prime example of an intricate interactome present in a single organelle, the endoplasmic reticulum. Here, current views of mechanisms for the recognition and retention leading to productive protein folding or the eventual elimination of misfolded glycoproteins in yeast and mammalian cells are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-506
Number of pages10
JournalMolecules and cells
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The original work of the authors mentioned in this review was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, by the World Class University program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (R31-2008-000-10086-0) and a grant from the National Research Foundation of Korea by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2010-0027736). I .J. is a fellowship awardee of the Brain Korea 21 Program.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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