Isolation, characterization and synthesis of α-foetoprotein from neonatal-rat skin

K. Mujoo, M. Ali, M. K. Sahib

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Monospecific anti-[rat α-foetoprotein(α-FP)] immunoglobulin G was coupled to CNBr-activated Sepharose-4B (4.5 mg/ml packed volume to gel) to yield an adsorbent. The immunoaffinity column was used to isolate α-FP from neonatal-rat skin. Purified skin α-FP was found to be immunologically and electrophoretically similar to serum α-FP. It yielded a single band with mol.wt. 68,000 on sodium dodecyl sulphate/polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis. However, an polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis under non-denaturing conditions, the α-FP displayed slow- and fast-moving variants similar to those observed in serum α-FP. A Scatchard plot of oestradiol binding to the α-FP yielded an association constant of 2.5 x 109 M-1 by dextran-coated-charcoal and 0.75 x 108 M-1 by Sephadex-gel-filtration procedures respectively. Skin explants from newborn rats were found to incorporate [14C]leucine into immunoprecipitable intracellular α-FP. Cycloheximide inhibited the synthesis of α-FP in skin explant culture. Our results indicate that newborn-rat skin contains α-FP that is similar to serum α-FP and which may arise in neonatal-rat skin as a result of synthesis in situ.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-231
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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