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Characterization of the epidermal growth factor receptor in preimplantation pig conceptuses.

Embryos recovered from sows on Days 9-13 of pregnancy (Day 0 = first day of estrus) exhibited saturable and time-dependent specific binding of 125I-epidermal growth factor ( EGF). The specific binding (pg/mg protein) was greater (P less than 0.001) for Day 13 elongated conceptuses than for conceptuses of earlier stages. Scatchard analyses showed two classes of binding sites (Kd = 7.0 +/- 2.6 x 10(-11) M, Bmax = 6.2 +/- 1.4 fmol/mg protein and Kd = 3.4 +/- 0.2 x 10(-8) M, Bmax = 420 +/- 80 fmol/mg protein). The EGF receptor in Day 13 conceptus membranes is a 170-kDa protein and was phosphorylated in the presence of EGF and adenosine triphosphate. EGF stimulated protein tyrosine kinase activity about 1.6-fold over basal levels. The results show that the preimplantation pig conceptus possesses EGF-binding sites with the properties of functional EGF-receptors.[1]


  1. Characterization of the epidermal growth factor receptor in preimplantation pig conceptuses. Zhang, Y., Paria, B.C., Dey, S.K., Davis, D.L. Dev. Biol. (1992) [Pubmed]
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