Radiation Inactivation Analysis of Progesterone Receptor in Human Uterine Cytosol
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It is believed that human progesterone receptor (PR) contains a ligand binding subunit A (83 kDa) or subunit B (120 kDa) and 2 copies of heat shock proteins (hsp90) of molecular weight 90 kDa. To elucidate the mechanism of hormone binding, we employed radiation inactivation to determine its functional size. The functional masses determined in the presence of glycerol, molybdate and potassium chloride were 120 \pm 14, 124 \pm 13 and 130 \pm 20 kDa, respectively. From scatchard plot analysis, the radiation decreased the binding sites and increased the binding affinity of PR with ligand. The functional masses of PR dissolved in the three variant buffers were similar to the molecular weight of PR subunit B. The results implied that PR subunit B could bind with ligand despite hsp90 and hsp90 was not involved in the PR binding to progesterone.
KeywordsFunctional size Progesterone receptor radiation inactivation
90 kDa heat shock protein
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