Isolation and partial amino acid sequence of three subunit species of porcine spleen ferritin: evidence of multiple H subunits.

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  • A partial amino acid sequence for three different subunits of the iron storage protein, ferritin, has been determined. Ferritin (Mr approximately 480,000) was isolated from porcine spleen and dissociated into its component subunits (Mr approximately 20,000). The subunits, in turn, were separated into three fractions by reversed-phase HPLC. The fractions appeared to be of equal size by sedimentation velocity, sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and size-exclusion chromatography in 6 M guanidinium chloride. All three fractions were shown to be monomeric and to have no covalently attached carbohydrate (J. F. Collawn et al. (1984) Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 233, 260-266). Determination of the amino acid sequence of the C-terminal 70-80 residues from each of the fractions demonstrated three different sequences. Comparison with human liver H and L subunit sequences indicates that two of the porcine ferritin subunits are H-type subunits and one is an L-type subunit. Application of the Chou-Fasman algorithm on the three partial sequences suggests that these respective regions from each of the three subunits would probably adopt the same conformation.
  • Keywords

  • Amino Acid Sequence, Animals, Apoferritins, Ferritins, Humans, Macromolecular Substances, Molecular Sequence Data, Molecular Weight, Species Specificity, Spleen
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    Author List

  • Collawn JF; Gowan LK; Crow H; Schwabe C; Fish WW
  • Start Page

  • 105
  • End Page

  • 113
  • Volume

  • 259
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  • 1