Comparison of the major polypeptides of the erythrocyte nuclear envelope

J Supramol Struct. 1979;10(4):405-18. doi: 10.1002/jss.400100404.


The three most abundant nonhistone polypeptides (molecular weights 75,000, 71,000 and 61,000) of the avian erythrocyte nucleus have previously been isolated in the nuclear envelope fraction. They have been separated by sodium dodecylsulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and peptide-mapped after limited enzymatic digestion. Three enzymes -- chymotrypsin, papain and Staphylococcus aureus protease -- were used. Results obtained with each enzyme indicate strong similarities between the three nuclear envelope polypeptides. The amino acid compositions of the two most abundant polypeptides (P75 and P71) have been determined and found to be similar. Further, they readily yield large fragments upon brief alkaline hydrolysis. For both P75, and P71 the degree and the pattern of alkaline fragmentation are almost identical. A 61,000-dalton polypeptide which appears to be P61 is obtained from P75 and P71 by mild acid hydrolysis. These results establish the close chemical similarity of these predominant polypeptides in the erythrocyte nucleus and suggest that they serve related functions.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acids / analysis
  • Animals
  • Chickens
  • Erythrocytes / analysis*
  • Membrane Proteins / blood*
  • Molecular Weight
  • Nuclear Envelope / analysis*
  • Nucleoproteins / blood*
  • Peptide Fragments / analysis
  • Peptides / blood*


  • Amino Acids
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Nucleoproteins
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Peptides