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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1995 Jun 6;211(1):54-9.

Calreticulin is the major Ca2+ storage protein in the endoplasmic reticulum of the pea plant (Pisum sativum).

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Dept. of Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of Idaho, Moscow 83844, USA.


A 56kDa protein with high similarity in its N-terminal amino acid sequence to animal calreticulin and 100% homology with the N-terminal amino acids of spinach calreticulin has been identified in seeds of the pea plant (Pisum sativum). A new purification procedure is described by which the calreticulin-like protein was selectively solubilized by incubation with deoxycholate and HgCl2 from microsomes enriched for endoplasmic reticulum. Following Mono Q ion exchange chromatography of the deoxycholate extract by fast protein liquid chromatography, the calreticulin-like protein was obtained in nearly pure form. This purified protein is similar to animal calreticulin in apparent mass, characteristic blue staining with Stains-all dye and calcium-binding ability. In addition, this protein is recognized only by affinity purified antibodies against rabbit calreticulin and is not recognized by anti-calsequestrin antibodies. Our data suggested that calreticulin rather than calsequestrin functions as the Ca(2+)-storage protein in the endoplasmic reticulum of pea plants.

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