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J Biol Chem. 1983 Jul 25;258(14):8539-42.

Purification of the type II insulin-like growth factor receptor from rat placenta.


The membrane receptor for insulin-like growth factor II (IGF II) has been purified to near homogeneity from rat placenta by chromatography of crude plasma membranes solubilized in Triton X-100 on agarose-immobilized IGF II. Elution of the IGF II receptor from the matrix at pH 5.0 in the presence of 1.5 M NaCl resulted in a receptor purification of 1100-fold from isolated plasma membranes, or 340-fold from the Triton extract with an average yield of about 50% in five separate purifications. Analysis of 125I-IGF II binding to the solubilized receptor in the Triton extract and in purified form by the method of Scatchard demonstrated no change in receptor affinity (Kd = 0.72 nM). Sodium dodecyl sulfate electrophoresis of the purified receptor showed one major band at Mr = 250,000 with only minor contamination. Affinity labeling of the receptor in isolated placenta membranes and in purified form using 125I-IGF II and the cross-linking agent disuccinimidyl suberate resulted in covalent labeling of only the Mr = 250,000 band. Such labeling was abolished by unlabeled IGF II but was unaffected by insulin, consistent with the previously reported specificity of IGF II receptor (Massague, J., and Czech, M.P. (1982) J. Biol. Chem. 257, 5038-5045). These results establish a one step affinity method for the purification of the type II IGF receptor that is rapid and highly efficient.

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