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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1989 Feb 9;1010(2):218-26.

Partial structure and hormonal regulation of rabbit liver inhibitor-1; distribution of inhibitor-1 and inhibitor-2 in rabbit and rat tissues.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Dundee, U.K.


Inhibitor-1 purified from rabbit liver could not be distinguished from the skeletal muscle protein by chromatographic, electrophoretic and immunological criteria. Amino acid sequences comprising 68% of rabbit liver inhibitor-1 were identical to the skeletal muscle protein indicating that they are products of a single gene. Total inhibitor-1 activity in heat-treated rabbit liver extracts was similar to that in skeletal muscle extracts, and the phosphorylation state of inhibitor-1 increased from 14% to 42% in rabbit liver in vivo after an intravenous injection of glucagon. Monospecific antibodies to rabbit skeletal muscle inhibitor-1 recognised a single major protein of identical electrophoretic mobility (26 kDa) in each rabbit tissue examined (skeletal muscle, liver, brain, heart, kidney, uterus and adipose). The antibodies also recognised a single major (30 kDa) protein in the same rat tissues, except liver. The results show that while there are interspecies differences in apparent molecular mass, inhibitor-1 is likely to be the same gene product in each mammalian tissue. Inhibitor-1 was not detected in rat liver, either by activity measurements or immunoblotting, irrespective of the age, sex or strain of the animals. Immunoblotting also failed to detect inhibitor-1 in mouse liver, although it was present in guinea pig, porcine and sheep liver. The absence of inhibitor-1 in rat liver indicates that phosphorylation of this protein cannot underlie the increased phosphorylation of hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA reductase observed after stimulation by glucagon. Monospecific antibodies to rabbit skeletal muscle inhibitor-2 recognised a 31 kDa protein in each rabbit tissue, and a 33 kDa protein in all rat tissues including liver. The results suggest that inhibitor-2 is the same gene product in each mammalian tissue.

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