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Biotechnol Appl Biochem. 1987 Apr;9(2):114-22.

Photoaffinity crosslinking of etorphine with opioid binding sites in the bovine adrenal medulla.


The covalent crosslinking of [3H]etorphine with opioid binding sites in the bovine adrenal medulla is reported. Of all the radiolabeled opiates tested (ethylketocyclazocine, etorphine, [D-Ala2, D-Leu5]enkephalin, [D-Ala2, Me-Phe4, Gly5-ol]enkephalin only etorphine could be crosslinked under uv irradiation. In our conditions (black uv lamp, 160 W, peak mean 360 nm, from a distance of 10 cm) maximum covalent binding was observed after a 10-min irradiation. Protein concentration was a crucial factor for the irreversible/total binding ratio. A good ratio (50%) was obtained at protein concentrations of about 1.0 mg/ml. Covalent binding of nonmodified opiates could be of interest for the biochemical characterization of their binding sites.

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