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Although immunological homologues of erythrocyte membrane proteins have been individually discovered in a wide variety of tissues and cultured cells, the major structural components of the membrane have not yet been demonstrated simultaneously in the same cell type. Thus, considerable uncertainty continues to exist concerning whether the red cell homologues(More)
Human, bovine, canine, and rabbit lenses were found to contain proteins which cross-react with anti-4.1 serum and which have molecular weights similar to erythrocyte proteins 4.1a and 4.1b (approximately 80 kd). Additionally, bovine, canine, and rabbit lenses contain a 4.1-like protein of approximately 125 kd which is absent from human lens. Proteins which(More)
Bovine lens epithelium, cortex and nucleus were screened for the presence of red-cell-membrane band 4.1-like proteins by using an immunoblot method. Lens epithelial cells were found to contain proteins of Mr 78 000 and higher (approximately 150 000) that cross-reacted with anti-(protein 4.1) sera. Fibre cells of the superficial cortex were also found to(More)
Chick lens fiber cell gap junctions were isolated to homogeneity by the urea-deoxycholate method, characterized ultrastructurally and biochemically, and their lipid composition determined by quantitative thin layer chromatography (TLC). The junctions were estimated to comprise about 52% of the lens fiber plasma membrane. Unlike the junctions of other(More)
The superficial cortical fiber cells of the bovine lens contain membrane-associated proteins of 150,000, 80,000, and 78,000 D that cross-react with antisera prepared against red blood cell (RBC) protein 4.1 (Aster, J. C., G. J. Brewer, S. M. Hanash, and H. Maisel, 1984, Biochem. J., 224:609-616). To further study their relationship to protein 4.1, these(More)
A biochemically active conjugate of calmodulin and tetramethylrhodamine isothiocyanate (CaM-RITC) was synthesized. When incubated with sections of chick lens, this conjugate bound to the surface membranes of lens fiber cells in the presence of absence of calcium. Incubation of lens sections with antibodies to gap junction protein of lens completely blocked(More)