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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1997 Jan 23;230(3):497-500.

Application of photoaffinity labeling with [11,12-3H]all-trans-retinoic acid to characterization of rat liver microsomal UDP-glucuronosyltransferase(s) with activity toward retinoic acid.

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Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock 72205, USA.


[3H]All-trans-retinoic acid has been shown to be an effective photoaffinity label for microsomal UDP-glucuronosyltransferases. Labeling of rat liver microsomal proteins with [3H]all-trans-retinoic acid and [32P]5-azido-UDP-glucuronic acid has shown that at least one protein in the 50-56 kDa mass range encompassing the UDP-glucuronosyltransferases photoincorporated both probes. The fraction of solubilized microsomal protein eluted from a UDP-hexanolamine affinity column with 50 microM UDP-glucuronic acid contained two protein bands, both of which photoincorporated [3H] all-trans-retinoic acid and were detected on Western blot by anti-UDP-glucuronosyltransferase antibodies. Enzymatic glucuronidation activity toward atRA in the same fraction was enriched five-fold over that of native or solubilized microsomes.

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