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Amino acid sequence around the thiolester of alpha 2-macroglobulin from plasma of the crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus.


PMID 2476331

Abstract

Alpha 2-Macroglobulin (alpha 2 M) was isolated from plasma of the freshwater crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus, using ultracentrifugation, ion-exchange chromatography and gel filtration techniques. The Pacifastacus alpha 2 M molecule (P alpha 2 M) was radio-actively labeled in the thiol ester structure with iodo [14C]acetic acid in the presence of methylamine. After reduction and carboxymethylation of the protein, it was digested with trypsin. A 14C-labeled tryptic peptide was sequenced and contained an amino acid sequence very similar to other known thiol ester sequences from human alpha 2 M and related proteins. The N-terminal sequence of P alpha 2 M was related to that recently determined for lobster alpha 2 M [(1987) J. Biol. Chem. 262, 14606-14611].