Apr 1, 1987

Development of a specific radioimmunoassay for the placental folate receptor and related high-affinity folate binding proteins in human tissues

Analytical Biochemistry
A C AntonyR S Kincade


High-affinity membrane-associated and soluble folate binding proteins (FBPs) from human placenta, milk, and KB cells appear to share antigenic determinants [A. C. Antony et al. (1981) J. Biol. Chem. 256, 9684-9692 and (1985) 260, 14911-14917]. Iodination of a highly purified preparation of placental folate receptor (PFR) by various techniques resulted in significant denaturation of the PFR as evidenced by additional peaks of radioactivity on Sephacryl S-200 gel filtration in 1% Triton X-100. These denatured species had similar molecular weights on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) as radioiodinated and native PFR, and were also recognized, albeit with less efficiency, by specific rabbit antiserum raised against purified PFR. Since these denatured species failed to bind folate, they were specifically excluded from 125I-PFR by their inability to bind pteroylglutamate-Sepharose. This ws accomplished in a single step by iodination of PFR bound to the affinity column and elution of 125I-PFR under identical conditions that the native PFR was purified. The purified 125I-PFR comigrated with unlabeled PFR on SDS-PAGE and its elution profile on Sephacryl S-200 gel filtration was identical to radioligand...Continue Reading

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Folate Receptor 2
Placenta Specimen
Hormone Receptors, Cell Surface
Immune Sera
Gel Chromatography
Iodination Test

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