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J Supramol Struct. 1976;4(2):161-8.

Heterogeneity in the conformation of different protein fractions from the human erythrocyte membrane.


We have isolated 5 families of proteins from human red blood cell membranes and characterized their secondary structure by ultraviolet circular dichroism measurements. The protein families were prepared by selective solubilization from ghosts under nondenaturing conditions. We find that the intact ghost has a mean alpha-helix fraction of 0.37, whereas a low-ionic-strength extract (bands 1, 2, 5, "spectrin") has a substantially higher helix fraction, 0.55. Further extraction of the ghosts with para-chloromercuribenzoate yields bands 2.1, 4.1, 4.2, and 6; their helix content is only 0.17. Finally, the major intrinsic protein, band 3, was solubilized by a non-ionic detergent. Its helix fraction is 0.38.

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