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Nihon Jinzo Gakkai Shi. 1994 Jan;36(1):9-12.

Identification of GTP-binding proteins in human glomeruli.

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Department of Medicine, Kidney Center, Tokyo Women's Medical College, Japan.


The localization of GTP-binding proteins (G-proteins) in human glomeruli was examined using immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting. Immunohistochemical staining for G-protein subunits demonstrated the existence of Gs alpha, Gi alpha and Go alpha proteins in the glomeruli. Moreover, immunoblots further revealed Gs alpha (52 kD), Gi alpha 1/2 (40-41 kD), Gi alpha 3 (40 kD) and Go alpha (39 kD) in the glomerular membranes. The predominant subspecies of Gs was a 52-kD protein, and Go alpha was detectable in the smallest amounts of the G-protein subunits. However, immunoblots failed to demonstrate detectable amounts of G-proteins in cytosolic extracts. This is the first report that characterizes G-protein subunits in human glomeruli. Further study is required to determine the roles of G-proteins in signal transductions in human glomeruli.

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