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J Steroid Biochem. 1990 Feb;35(2):195-9.

Characterisation of receptors for 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 in the human testis.

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University Department of Surgery, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Specific high affinity receptors for 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 have been demonstrated in the human testes. The mean binding affinity (Kd +/- SD) of the receptor for 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 was 1.75 +/- 0.32 x 10(-10) M but the binding capacity was low (mean Nmax +/- SD = 0.53 +/- 0.18 fmol/mg protein). Binding was time- and temperature-dependent, with a maximum binding achieved after 1 h at 25 degrees C. Although binding also took place at 4 and 37 degrees C, higher and more rapid binding was found at 25 degrees C. Furthermore, the binding between the ligand and the receptor was specific since only unlabelled 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 competed with the labelled ligand. Binding of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 was abolished by trypsin and heat. Sucrose density gradient centrifugation revealed a sedimentation coefficient of 3.6S.

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