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Journal of steroid biochemistry

Reaction of tyrosyl-modifying reagents with the ligand- and DNA-binding domains of the rabbit liver glucocorticoid receptor.


PMID 2362444

Abstract

We have studied the effects of p-nitrobenzenesulfonyl fluoride, 4-fluorosulfonyl-1-hydroxy-2-naphtoic acid, 7-chloro-4-nitrobenz-2-oxa-1,3-diazole and tetranitromethane on the glucocorticoid receptor from rabbit liver. Our results show that all tyrosine modifying reagents inhibit the binding of [3H]dexamethasone to the receptor. Equilibrium binding experiments revealed that only 4-fluorosulfonyl-1-hydroxy-2-naphtoic acid is a competitive inhibitor while the other chemical probes decrease the concentration of binding sites. Transformation of glucocorticoid-receptor complexes was markedly reduced when heat treatment was performed in the presence of tyrosyl-directed reagents. Taken together, these results indicate for the first time that critical tyrosyl moieties may be involved in both hormone binding and transformation of the glucocorticoid receptor.