The presence of a 33-40 KDa gastrin binding protein on human and mouse colon cancer

Louis Chicone, Satya Narayan, Courtney M. Townsend, Pomila Singh

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Human and mouse colon cancers have specific binding sites for gastrin and demonstrate a trophic response to gastrin. In the present study we used radiolabeled gastrin (2-17), to determine the molecular weight of gastrin binding proteins (receptors) on mouse and human colon cancers, by cross-linking methods. Crude membrane aliquots prepared from the tumors were radiolabeled with [125I]gastrin (2-17) ± 1000 fold excess of unlabeled gastrin and cross-linked with 1 mM disuccinimidyl suberate. The cross-linked radiolabeled binding protein complexes were solubilized and subjected to sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The autoradiographs of the gels demonstrated the presence of a predominant band of ∼33-40 KDa gastrin binding protein, that was specific for gastrin analogs. Our present findings thus indicate that specific gastrin binding proteins/gastrin receptors on colon cancers are primarily present as one band with a molecular mass of ∼33-40 KDa and are specific for gastrin-like peptides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)512-519
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 16 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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