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A rapid, large scale purification procedure for gibbon interleukin 2.

Interleukin 2 (IL 2) was purified from the conditioned medium of a gibbon T cell line, MLA144, which releases IL 2 constitutively. The IL 2 was obtained free of contaminating proteins by a simple process consisting of an initial batch purification on trimethylsilyl-controlled pore glass followed by reversed phase high pressure liquid chromatography. Overall recovery of IL 2 activity ranged from 70 to 100% of initial activity and yielded 2 X 10(6) or greater units of IL 2 per 15 liters of serum-free MLA144 conditioned medium. The specific activity of purified IL 2 ranged from 0.5 to 1 X 10(8) IL 2 U/mg protein. The purified IL 2 showed four molecular species when analyzed by two-dimensional isoelectric focusing-SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Each of the four molecular forms was active in the bioassay for IL 2 activity. Three molecular forms had apparent m.w. of 16,000 but different isoelectric points of 5.9, 6.3, and 6. 7. One molecular form had an apparent m.w. of 15,000 and an isoelectric point of 7. 2. The most abundant form of IL 2 had an apparent m.w. of 16,000 and an isoelectric point of 6. 3. The purified IL 2 supported the growth of IL 2-dependent lymphocytes to a greater extent than did the same level of crude IL 2-containing MLA144 conditioned medium. The ability to purify large amounts of IL 2 by a rapid and efficient procedure will be of great help in both biochemical and immunologic studies of this lymphokine.[1]


  1. A rapid, large scale purification procedure for gibbon interleukin 2. Henderson, L.E., Hewetson, J.F., Hopkins, R.F., Sowder, R.C., Neubauer, R.H., Rabin, H. J. Immunol. (1983) [Pubmed]
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