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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1975 May 30;393(1):100-14.

Isolation and partial characterization of a tubulin-like protein from human and swine synaptosomal membranes.


Synaptic membranes from human and swine brains were solubilized with 8 M urea and the proteins were reduced and alkylated. A protein was isolated from both sources and had identical amino acid compositions and molecular weights as determined by electrophoresis on polyacrylamide-sodium dodecylsulfate gels and by ion-exchange chromatography and gel filtration on Bioglas 1000. The apparent molecular weight of the protein was 53 000 on the acrylamide-sodium dodecylsulfate gels. Neither neutral sugars nor sialic acid was a significant component of the protein. When the proteins were digested with trypsin and the resultant peptides subjected to chromatography (n-butanol/acetic acid/water) and electrophoresis (pH 3.7) the peptide maps were identical. The protein comprises 1-2 percent of the total synaptosomal protein. With regard to amino acid composition, molecular weight, peptide map characteristics, behavior on DEAE-cellulose columns, electrophoretic mobility and sugar content, the synaptic protein is quite similar to the monomer of swine tubulin.

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