Molecular characteristics of uronic-acid-rich protein, a strong inhibitor of calcium oxalate crystallization in vitro.

Uronic-acid-rich protein (UAP) is a new urinary macromolecule which strongly inhibits calcium oxalate crystal formation. It is a glycoprotein with a molecular weight of about 35,000 Da, and its carbohydrate content is 8.5%. This inhibitor is composed of two polypeptidic chains crosslinked by chondroitin sulfate. It exhibits partial structural homology with… CONTINUE READING