Determination of nonspecific lipid transfer protein in rat tissues and Morris hepatomas by enzyme immunoassay.


Rat tissues contain a nonspecific transfer protein which in vitro mediates the transfer of diacylphospholipids as well as cholesterol between membranes. This protein appears identical to sterol carrier protein. A specific enzyme immunoassay for this protein was developed using antibodies raised in rabbits, against a homogeneous protein from rat liver. This assay was based on the very high affinity of the nonspecific lipid transfer protein for polyvinyl surfaces. A reproducible adsorption was achieved by presenting the protein to the surface in the presence of a large excess of bovine serum albumin. The adsorbed protein was detected with specific immunoglobulin (IgG) isolated by antigen-linked affinity chromatography and a goat anti-rabbit IgG-enzyme conjugate. Adsorption was proportional to the amount of protein present, giving rise to a linear standard curve. The enzyme immunoassay measured transfer protein levels in the range 0.2-2 ng. The highest concentrations of transfer protein were found in liver and intestinal mucosa. Levels in other tissues including brain, lung, kidney, spleen, heart, adrenals, ovary and testis were 5-10-fold lower than in liver. In the fast-growing Morris hepatoma 7777 the concentration of nonspecific lipid transfer protein was approximately one-tenth of that measured in the host liver, whereas a reduction of 65% was observed in the slow-growing Morris hepatomas 7787 and 9633. Subcellular distribution studies showed that approx. 70% of the transfer protein was present in the soluble supernatant fraction.


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@article{Teerlink1984DeterminationON, title={Determination of nonspecific lipid transfer protein in rat tissues and Morris hepatomas by enzyme immunoassay.}, author={Tom Teerlink and Theo P van der Krift and Gerard Paul H van Heusden and Karel W. A. Wirtz}, journal={Biochimica et biophysica acta}, year={1984}, volume={793 2}, pages={251-9} }