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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1981 Dec;78(12):7570-4.

Identification of a spectrin-like protein in nonerythroid cells.


We have demonstrated the existence of a spectrin-like protein in a variety of nonerythroid cultured cells. Indirect immunofluorescence studies with monospecific antispectrin IgG indicated the presence of proteins that have common antigenic determinants to spectrin in embryonic chicken cardiac myocytes, mouse fibroblast lines (3T3, simian virus 4-transformed 3T3), and rat hepatoma lines (HTC, HMOA). Two spectrin-like peptides of 240,000 and 230,000 daltons were immunoprecipitated from octyl glucoside-solubilized embryonic chicken cardiac myocytes, along with associated cytoskeletal proteins. Immunoautoradiographic characterization of the myocyte immunoprecipitate showed that only the spectrin-like 240,000- and 230,000-dalton peptides were stained with monospecific antispectrin IgG and 125I-labeled protein A. One-dimensional partial proteolytic mapping of the myocyte 240,000- and 230,000-dalton peptides showed that these peptides share substantial sequence homology with embryonic chicken erythrocyte spectrin 240,000- and 220,000-dalton peptides.

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