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A comparison of lactogenic receptors from rat liver and Nb2 rat lymphoma cells by using cross-linking techniques.

Lactogenic receptors were analysed with the use of the cross-linking agent disuccinimidyl suberate to attach covalently 125I-labelled ovine prolactin or human growth hormone to binding sites from (1) liver from pregnant rats and (2) the rat-derived Nb2 lymphoma cell line. Analysis by SDS/polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis of the proteins cross-linked to labelled hormone in rat liver indicated a major specifically-labelled complex with an Mr of 68,000-72,000, when run under reducing or non-reducing conditions. With Nb2 cells a major specifically-labelled complex with an Mr of 97,000-110,000 was identified, but only when electrophoresis was run using reducing conditions. Assuming one hormone molecule (Mr 22,000-24,000) per hormone-receptor complex, then the receptor proteins have an Mr of 44,000-50,000 for rat liver and 73,000-88,000 for the Nb2 cells. For both cell types the receptors were of lactogenic specificity; lactogenic hormones competed for binding whereas somatogenic hormones did not. These studies suggest that the lactogenic receptors in rat liver membranes and Nb2 cells differ in two respects. Firstly, the Mr of the labelled receptor protein in Nb2 cells is greater than that of the corresponding receptor protein in rat liver membranes; secondly, the Nb2 cell receptor appears to exist as a disulphide-linked oligomer whereas the receptor in rat liver membranes does not.[1]


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