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J Biol Chem. 1991 Dec 5;266(34):23380-5.

Structure of the murine erythropoietin receptor complex. Characterization of the erythropoietin cross-linked proteins.

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  • 1ICGM, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale U152, Hospital Cochin, Paris, France.


The structure of the murine erythropoietin receptor was studied using antibodies against the intracellular part of the cloned erythropoietin receptor chain. These antibodies precipitated erythropoietin-receptor complexes from Triton X-100-solubilized cells. When the complexes were cross-linked by disuccinimidyl suberate, the 85- and 100-kDa erythropoietin-cross-linked proteins previously described were immunoprecipitated. However, these proteins were not precipitated when the complexes were denatured and reduced before immunoprecipitation. Using 1-ethyl 3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)carbodiimide, we observed erythropoietin cross-linking with a protein of 66 kDa in addition to the 100- and 85-kDa proteins. Only the 66-kDa erythropoietin-cross-linked protein was immunoprecipitated by anti-receptor antibodies after denaturation and reduction of the complex. Thus, our results suggest that the 85- and 100-kDa proteins previously evidenced by cross-linking are associated with the cloned chain of the receptor to form a multimeric complex but these proteins seem immunologically unrelated to the cloned chain. We observed that reducing the length of molecules able to cross-link amino groups decreased the efficiency of cross-linking with the 100-kDa protein and only the 85-kDa protein was cross-linked with erythropoietin using 1,5-difluoro-2,4-dinitrobenzene. These results suggest that the 85- and 100-kDa proteins occupate slightly different positions relative to the erythropoietin molecule bound to the receptor.

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