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|Type:||Artigo de periódico|
|Title:||ISOLATION AND PARTIAL CHARACTERIZATION OF AN ANTI-BOTHROPIC COMPLEX FROM THE SERUM OF SOUTH-AMERICAN DIDELPHIDAE|
|Abstract:||An anti-bothropic fraction (ABF) with anti-Bothrops jararaca venom activity tested in mice was isolated from the serum of some South American Didelphidae (Didelphis marsupialis, Philander opossum and Lutreolina crassicaudata) by DEAE-Sephacel chromatography. ABF from D. marsupialis was shown to be 12 times more active in protection assays on a weight basis than the serum proteins. A similar fraction obtained from Metachirus nudicaudatum serum was shown to be inactive. An anti-bothropic complex (ABC) was isolated from D. marsupialis ABF. HPLC gel permeation chromatography of ABC from D. marsupialis indicated the presence of a main peak with mel. wt of 84,000. SDS-PAGE of this ABC showed the presence of two subunits of 48,000 and 43,000. The active ABF isolated from P. opossum and L. crassicaudata also showed the presence of these subunits by SDS-PAGE. Isolation of the 48,000 mol. wt D. marsupialis subunit by HPLC-hydrophobic interaction chromatography demonstrated that the 43,000 subunit was essential for the protective action of the complex. Both subunits from D. marsupialis, P. opossum and L. crassicaudata were Western-blotted and N-terminal sequenced. No N-terminal amino acid was found for the 43,000 subunit, whereas for the 48,000 subunit a high degree of homology was found: D. marsupialis: H2N-L K A M D P T P P L W I K T E X P . ; L. crassicaudata: H2N-L K A M D P T P P L W I Q T E . . . ; P. opossum: H2N-L K A M D T T P E . . . No significant homology with known proteins was detected.|
|Editor:||Pergamon-elsevier Science Ltd|
|Appears in Collections:||Unicamp - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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