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A cadmium-binding protein in rat liver identified as ornithine carbamoyltransferase.

By Y Aoki, H Sunaga and K T Suzuki


A cadmium-binding protein of Mr about 40,000 (40K Cd-BPa) was detected in rat liver by Western blotting [Aoki, Kunimoto, Shibata & Suzuki (1986) Anal. Biochem. 157, 117-122]. It was characterized and identified as ornithine carbamoyltransferase (OCTase, EC on the basis of coincidence of their physicochemical and enzymological features. The amino acid sequence of the N-terminal and those of three tryptic digests in 40K Cd-BPa were identical with those of OCTase. The Mr values of the denatured and native forms of 40K Cd-BPa (39,000 and 110,000 respectively) were the same as those of OCTase. 40K Cd-BPa showed, as OCTase activity, a specific activity of 230 mumol/min per mg of protein and Km of 0.6 mM for ornithine, this value also being essentially the same as that for OCTase. A rabbit antibody against OCTase reacted with 40K Cd-BPa. The native form of 40K Cd-BPa bound to 0.8 molar equiv, of cadmium, with a dissociation constant of 7.6 x 10(-6) M

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1988
DOI identifier: 10.1042/bj2500735
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