週二, 12 十二月 2023 09:34

Single Site N‑Glycosylation of B Cell Maturation Antigen (BCMA) Inhibits γ‑Secretase-Mediated Shedding and Improves Surface Retention and Cell Survival

ACS Chemical Biology
December 12, 2023

B cell maturation antigen (BCMA), a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) family, on the cell surface plays a key role in maintaining the survival of plasma cells and malignant as well as inflammatory accessory cells. Therefore, targeting BCMA or disrupting its interaction with ligands has been a potential approach to cancer therapy. BCMA contains a single N-glycosylation site, but the function of N-glycan on BCMA is not understood. Here, we found that the N-glycosylation of BCMA promoted its cell-surface retention while removing the N-glycan increased BCMA secretion through γ-secretase-mediated shedding. Addition of γ-secretase inhibitor prevented nonglycosylated BCMA from shedding and protected cells from dexamethasone and TRAIL-induced apoptosis.

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