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Steroids. 1994 Dec;59(12):712-8.

Purification of testosterone 5 alpha-reductase from human prostate by a four-step chromatographic procedure.

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  • 1Département de Biochimie et Biologie Moléculaire, Faculté de Médecine, Brest, France.


Nuclear membrane bound testosterone 5 alpha-reductase solubilized in active form from human prostatic tissue by 0.5% n-octyl beta-D-glucopyranoside was purified by a four-step chromatographic procedure including DEAE-Trisacryl ion exchange, hydroxylapatite adsorption, testosterone-Sepharose affinity and Sepharose 4B gel filtration. A purification of approximately 30-fold was achieved judging from the increase in the specific enzymatic activity. We have purified the acidic pH-optimum 5 alpha-reductase type 2 isoenzyme. The apparent molecular weight of the purified enzyme was estimated as 42,000 by SDS-PAGE. At the same time we isolated a 38 kDa protein characterized by a real affinity for testosterone and by a possible association to the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme.

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