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Eur Urol. 1985;11(5):334-40.

Resolution of proteins in the kidney stone matrix using high-performance liquid chromatography.


The organic matrix accounts for 2-3% of the total stone weight and has been considered to play a role in stone formation and growth. Thus far, fractionation of the matrix proteins has been insufficient due to low resolution and reproducibility. In this report the matrix proteins of 22 stones were resolved by means of high-performance liquid chromatography. Following pulverization, the organic matrix was obtained by dialysis against EDTA. The average content of nondialyzable extractable proteins was 1.6% of the total stone weight. Analysis of the matrix proteins with high-performance gel permeation liquid chromatography and high-performance ion-exchange liquid chromatography has indicated that the protein composition of the stone matrix is identical regardless of the mineral composition. The major component of the matrix proteins was identified as glycoprotein and/or proteoglycan from their absorption to a concanavalin A Sepharose column. Higher molecular weight matrix proteins seem to be polymers or condensation products, since they have been degraded into lower molecular weight subfractions by sodium dodecyl sulfate treatment.

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