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Complete amino acid sequence of BSP-A3 from bovine seminal plasma. Homology to PDC-109 and to the collagen- binding domain of fibronectin.

Bovine seminal plasma was shown to contain three similar proteins, called BSP-A1, BSP-A2 and BSP-A3. Both BSP-A1 and BSP-A2 were shown to be molecular variants of a recently characterized peptide called PDC-109. They seem to differ only in their degree of glycosylation and otherwise seem to possess an identical amino acid composition. The work in the present paper deals with the complete characterization of the third member of this series, namely BSP-A3. The complete amino acid sequence revealed that it is composed of 115 amino acids and predicts a Mr of 13,403. An analysis of the primary structure of BSP-A3 revealed a high degree of internal homology, with two homologous domains composed of 39 (residues 28-66) and 43 (residues 73-115) amino acids. An exhaustive computer-bank search for the similarity of this sequence to any known protein, or segment thereof, revealed two significant homologies. The first is between PDC-109 and BSP-A3, which is so high that we can confidently predict that both proteins evolved from a single ancestral gene. The collagen-binding domain of bovine fibronectin (type II sequence) was also found to be highly homologous to both BSP-A3 and PDC-109.[1]


  1. Complete amino acid sequence of BSP-A3 from bovine seminal plasma. Homology to PDC-109 and to the collagen-binding domain of fibronectin. Seidah, N.G., Manjunath, P., Rochemont, J., Sairam, M.R., Chrétien, M. Biochem. J. (1987) [Pubmed]
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