A thyroxine binding globulin (TBG)-like protein in the sera of developing and adult rats

Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
L SavuE Nunez


We report evidence based on equilibrium binding, electrophoretic, autoradiographic studies, that the rat possesses a major high affinity thyroid hormone binding protein, with an electrophoretic mobility and binding properties similar to those of the human thyroxine binding globulin (TBG). We show that in the sera of postnatal developing animals, the thyroxine and the triiodothyronine binding activities increase up to 10 times over adult or foetal levels, due to a high transient post-natal surge of the rat TBG. In the adult serum, the TBG persists in decreased amounts: it then yields the predominant role as thyroxine carrier to the thyroid binding prealbumin, but retains the major role as binder of triiodothyronine i.e. of the biologically active thyroid hormone.


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