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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1988 Aug 30;155(1):59-65.

A specific insulin receptor and tyrosine kinase activity in the membranes of Neurospora crassa.

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  • 1Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway 08854.


Cells of the wall-less ("slime") strain of Neurospora crassa possess specific high affinity insulin binding sites on their cell surface. 125I-labeled bound insulin was not displaced from these cells by insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II), and was only weakly displaced by IGF-I and proinsulin. Cross-linking of 125I-labeled insulin with N. crassa cells using disuccinimidyl suberate resulted in the labeling of a single band of ca. 67 kDa m.w. on a polyacrylamide gel. Two proteins of ca. 66 and 59 kDa m.w. were purified from detergent solubilized plasma membrane preparations by passage over an insulin-agarose affinity matrix. Antibodies against an autophosphorylation site on the human and Drosophila insulin receptors (anti P2) immunoprecipitated a single phosphoprotein of ca. 50 kDa m.w. from detergent solubilized plasma membranes, which possessed protein tyrosine kinase activity when histone H2 was used as substrate.

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