The Biochemical journal

Identification and characterization of glycoproteins after extraction of bovine chromaffin-granule membranes with lithium di-iodosalicylate. Purification of glycoprotein II from the soluble fraction.

PMID 2396993


Chromaffin-granule membranes were separated into insoluble and soluble fractions after extraction with lithium di-iodosalicylate (LDIS). These fractions were characterized by one- and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, and glycoproteins were detected after electroblotting with peroxidase-labelled concanavalin A and wheat-germ agglutinin (WGA). The LDIS-insoluble fraction contained components identified as glycoproteins III, H, J and K (carboxypeptidase H). Microsequence analysis indicated that component J is an N-terminally extended form of glycoprotein K. A major glycoprotein, GpII (Mr 80,000-100,000), present in the LDIS-soluble fraction was purified by affinity chromatography on WGA-Sepharose. This was characterized by one- and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis with Coomassie Blue staining, by amino acid analysis and automated N-terminal sequence analysis. Extraction of chromaffin-granule membranes with LDIS is a simple and rapid procedure that facilitates studies concerned with the structure and function of membrane glycoproteins from these and other secretory granules.