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Mr 25,000 heparin-binding protein from guinea pig brain is a high molecular weight form of basic fibroblast growth factor.

A Mr 25,000 form of basic fibroblast growth factor ( bFGF) has been isolated from guinea pig brain along with the typical Mr 18,000 form. Both forms were purified to homogeneity by a combination of heparin-affinity chromatography and ion-exchange chromatography on an FPLC Mono S column. The Mr 25,000 form, like the Mr 18,000 form, was not eluted from the heparin-affinity column with 0.95 M NaCl, but was eluted with 2 M NaCl. The Mr 25,000 guinea pig protein stimulated plasminogen activator production by cultured bovine capillary endothelial cells in a dose-dependent manner at concentrations of 0.1-10 ng/ml, the same range that was effective for guinea pig and human Mr 18,000 bFGFs. The binding of human 125I-labeled bFGF to baby hamster kidney cells is inhibited equally by the Mr 25,000 guinea pig protein and the Mr 18,000 guinea pig and human bFGFs. Polyclonal antibodies raised against human bFGF recognize both the Mr 25,000 and 18,000 guinea pig proteins in an immunoblot analysis. In a radioimmunoassay, both the Mr 25,000 and Mr 18,000 guinea pig proteins compete equally well with iodinated human bFGF for binding to the anti-human bFGF antibodies. When treated with low concentrations of trypsin, the Mr 25,000 guinea pig bFGF was converted to a Mr 18,000 protein. These results show that the two molecules are closely related and suggest that the Mr 25,000 protein shares substantial homology with the Mr 18,000 bFGF.[1]

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  1. Mr 25,000 heparin-binding protein from guinea pig brain is a high molecular weight form of basic fibroblast growth factor. Moscatelli, D., Joseph-Silverstein, J., Manejias, R., Rifkin, D.B. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (1987) [Pubmed]
 
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