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J Biol Chem. 1988 Sep 25;263(27):13802-5.

Association of the Ah receptor with the 90-kDa heat shock protein.

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Department of Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907.


Partially purified Ah receptor preparations were used to produce a monoclonal antibody, designated as 8D3, that is capable of immunoprecipitating the Ah receptor. Hepa 1c1c7 cytosol was photoaffinity-labeled with [125I]-2-azido-3-iodo-7,8-dibromodibenzo-p-dioxin followed by immunoprecipitation, and the resulting precipitate was applied to a sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide electrophoretic gel. These gels were stained with Coomassie Blue and revealed the presence of a major immunoprecipitated 90-kDa protein, and after autoradiography a radiolabeled 95-kDa protein (Ah receptor) was detected. The 90-kDa protein was determined to be the 90-kDa heat shock protein (HSP90) by western blot analysis using an antibody (AC88) previously shown to be specific for HSP90. An increase in the sedimentation of the Ah receptor on sucrose density gradients was seen upon addition of monoclonal antibody 8D3 to Hepa 1c1c7 cytosol. Monoclonal antibody 8D3 immunoprecipitates the Ah receptor from Hepa 1 cells (murine), HeLa cells (human), and rat liver cytosolic extracts, indicating that the Ah receptor is complexed with HSP90 in several mammalian species tested. These results illustrate another physicochemical property that the supergene family of soluble steroid receptors and the Ah receptor have in common.

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