Mature human erythrocytes are highly differentiated cells which have lost the ability to biosynthesize proteins de novo. During cell aging in circulation, erythrocyte proteins undergo spontaneous postbiosynthetic modifications, regarded as "protein fatigue" damage, which include formation of isomerized and/or racemized aspartyl residues. These damaged proteins cannot be replaced by new molecules; nevertheless, data support the notion that they can be repaired to a significant extent, through an enzymatic transmethylation reaction. This repair reaction has therefore been used as a means to monitor the increase of altered aspartyl residues in erythrocyte membrane proteins during cell aging. The relationship between protein repair and aspartyl racemization in red blood cell stress and disease is discussed.

D-amino acids in aging erythrocytes.

INGROSSO, Diego;PERNA, Alessandra
1998

Abstract

Mature human erythrocytes are highly differentiated cells which have lost the ability to biosynthesize proteins de novo. During cell aging in circulation, erythrocyte proteins undergo spontaneous postbiosynthetic modifications, regarded as "protein fatigue" damage, which include formation of isomerized and/or racemized aspartyl residues. These damaged proteins cannot be replaced by new molecules; nevertheless, data support the notion that they can be repaired to a significant extent, through an enzymatic transmethylation reaction. This repair reaction has therefore been used as a means to monitor the increase of altered aspartyl residues in erythrocyte membrane proteins during cell aging. The relationship between protein repair and aspartyl racemization in red blood cell stress and disease is discussed.
Ingrosso, Diego; Perna, Alessandra
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