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Presence of a fatty acid-binding protein in the armadillo Harderian gland.

A fatty acid-binding protein from the cytosolic fraction of the armadillo Chaetophractus villosus Harderian gland was purified to homogeneity by a procedure based on gel filtration and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The protein has an apparent molecular mass of 14 kDa. N-terminal sequence analysis showed that the protein has a blocked N-terminus. For internal amino acid sequencing, the protein was digested in-gel and the resulting peptides were fractionated by reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography and subjected to automated Edman degradation. Partial amino acid sequencing suggests that it belongs to the heart type. Moreover, it cross-reacted with anti-serum to rat heart fatty acid-binding protein but not with rat intestinal and liver anti-sera. A very slow cross-reaction was also found with anti-serum to rat ALBP. This is the first time that a fatty acid-binding protein has been reported in a Harderian gland.[1]


  1. Presence of a fatty acid-binding protein in the armadillo Harderian gland. Cavagnari, B.M., Córdoba, O.L., Veerkamp, J.H., Santomé, J.A., Affanni, J.M. Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol. (1998) [Pubmed]
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