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. 1982 Nov 15;208(2):309-16.
doi: 10.1042/bj2080309.

The Hormone-Binding Unit of Luteinizing Hormone Receptor

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The Hormone-Binding Unit of Luteinizing Hormone Receptor

M K Metsikkö et al. Biochem J. .
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Rat ovarian luteinizing hormone/human choriogonadotropin binding sites were labelled with 125I-choriogonadotropin in vivo, and the resulting 125I-choriogonadotropin-receptor complexes were solubilized by Triton X-100 and purified by use of antibodies to choriogonadotropin immobilized to agarose. The purified 125I-choriogonadotropin-receptor complex was treated with glutaraldehyde to crosslink radiolabelled hormone to the receptor. Sodium dodecyl sulphate/polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis of the crosslinked product revealed a labelled Mr 130 000 major band in addition to the hormone and its alpha-subunit, indicating that a single receptor component was linked to the hormone. Unoccupied binding sites for luteinizing hormone were also solubilized by Triton X-100 from pseudopregnant rat ovaries, and attached to choriogonadotropin-agarose. The agarose gel was washed, and eluted with 0.1 M-sodium acetate, pH 4. Sodium dodecyl sulphate/polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis of the pH 4 eluate revealed an Mr 90 000 major band which was abolished when ovaries presaturated with choriogonadotropin were used as starting material. These observations suggest that the hormone-binding component of the luteinizing hormone receptor is a polypeptide of Mr 90 000. This polypeptide was isolated and labelled with Na 125I. The labelled polypeptide showed a single band on sucrose density gradient centrifugation and on gel filtration on agarose.

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