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|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Carbohydrates Biosynthesis → Polysaccharides Biosynthesis → Glycosaminoglycans Biosynthesis|
Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Homo sapiens
Expected Taxonomic Range: Metazoa
Chondroitin sulfate is a sulfated glycosaminoglycan composed of alternating units of sulfated N-acetyl-β-D-galactosamine and β-D-glucuronate residues. The N-acetyl-β-D-galactosamine residues are substituted to varying degrees with sulfate linked to 4- and/or 6-hydroxyl positions, forming N-acetyl-β-D-galactosamine 4-sulfate, N-acetyl-D-galactosamine 6-O-sulfate or N-acetyl-D-galactosamine 4,6-bissulfate, and to a lesser extent the uronic acid residues may be substituted with sulfate at the 2-hydroxyl position forming 2-O-sulfo-β-D-glucuronate. The uronic acid residues may also be substituted with sulfate at the 3-hydroxyl positions, although this substitution is quite rare.
The following names have been used to define different sulfation states:
The term "chondroitin sulfate B" has been used in the past to refer to dermatan sulfate, but is not used any more.
The chondroitin chains vary in size up to a hundred or more disaccharide repeating units. They are usually found attached to assorted core proteins as part of a proteoglycan complex. Chondroitin sulfate is a major component of connective tissue matrix (such as skin and cartilage), but is also found on cell surface and basement membranes and in intracellular granules of certain cells. Functions in matrix locations are mainly structural, while functions in membranes are mainly as receptors.
About This Pathway
Chondroitin sulfate chains are synthesized in situ on the protein chain. They are attached to the core protein via a specific tetrasaccharide known as the "glycoaminoglycan-protein linkage region", which is formed by sequential stepwise additions of the sugar residues to specific core proteins. The synthesis of the linkage region is described in glycoaminoglycan-protein linkage region biosynthesis.
The linkage region may be extended into mutiple kinds of glycosaminoglycans. However, the addition of an N-acetyl-β-D-galactosamine residue prevents the formation of heparin or heparan sulfate and commits the molecule to become chondroitin or dermatan. This reaction is catalyzed by the enzyme chondroitin sulfate N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase. Humans have two isoforms of this enzyme, encoded by the CSGALNACT1 and CSGALNACT2 genes [Uyama02, Kitagawa03, Uyama03].
Once the linkage region has been formed and committed, the polymerzation of the chondroitin/dermatan chain proceeds by the alternate addition of β-D-glucuronate and N-acetyl-α-D-galactosamine from activated precursors to the non-reducing end of the elongating chain. The addition of both residues is catalyzed by the bifunctional chondroitin sulfate synthases. Humans possess three isoforms of this bifunctional enzyme (CHSY1, CHPF and CHSY3), plus an additional enzyme that can catalyze only the addition of β-D-glucuronate (CHPF2) [Kitagawa01, Yada03, Gotoh02]. It has been suggested that chondroitin polymerization is achieved by multiple combinations of the different enzymes and that each combination may play a unique role in the biosynthesis of chondroitin or dermatan sulfate [Izumikawa07, Izumikawa08].
Further control over the exact nature of the chondroitin sulfate is determined by the modifications performed during the later part of the pathway. These modifications include the sulfation of the β-D-glucuronate and N-acetyl-β-D-galactosamine residues at different positions by a number of sulfotransferases with strict specificities. The modifications are performed by several types and isoforms of enzymes, and the exact combination depends on the environment and type of the cell that produces the molecule.
The sulfation of N-acetyl-β-D-galactosamine at the 4-hydroxyl position is catalyzed by three enzymes encoded by the CHST11, CHST12 and CHST13 genes [Yamauchi00, Hiraoka00, Kang02]. The sulfation of N-acetyl-β-D-galactosamine at the 6-hydroxyl position is catalyzed by enzymes encoded by the CHST3 and CHST7 genes [Tsutsumi98, Fukuta98, Kitagawa00, Bhakta00]. Another enzyme, encoded by CHST15, catalyzes the sulfation at the C6 position of residues already sulfated at the C4 position [Ohtake01].
The very first reaction in this pathway, the addition of a xylose molecule to a serine residue of the core protein, is performed at the endoplasmic reticulum. The rest of the pathway occurs at the Golgi apparatus.
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