Native bovine seminal ribonuclease is a dimeric protein, whose identical subunits (Mr 14500), linked through two disulfide bridges, can be dissociated by a selective reduction procedure. Evidence is presented that the synthesis in vitro, under reducing conditions, of bovine seminal RNAase, directed by polyadenylated RNA isolated from bull seminal vesicles (where the enzyme is synthesized in vivo), occurs in the form of a precursor, 18000-Da polypeptide. The precursor nature of this translation product was deduced by two criteria: (1) its specific immunoprecipitation with anti-bovine seminal RNAase antibodies; (2) its processing by dog pancreas microsomal membranes to produce a protein with a molecular weight similar to that of the subunit(s) of bovine seminal RNAase. Moreover, evidence is offered that the precursor polypeptide is able to form in vitro a dimeric molecule under conditions where no exogenous reducing agents were added.

Bovine seminal ribonuclease precursor synthesized in vitro

PALMIERI, Marta;LIBONATI, Massimo
1983

Abstract

Native bovine seminal ribonuclease is a dimeric protein, whose identical subunits (Mr 14500), linked through two disulfide bridges, can be dissociated by a selective reduction procedure. Evidence is presented that the synthesis in vitro, under reducing conditions, of bovine seminal RNAase, directed by polyadenylated RNA isolated from bull seminal vesicles (where the enzyme is synthesized in vivo), occurs in the form of a precursor, 18000-Da polypeptide. The precursor nature of this translation product was deduced by two criteria: (1) its specific immunoprecipitation with anti-bovine seminal RNAase antibodies; (2) its processing by dog pancreas microsomal membranes to produce a protein with a molecular weight similar to that of the subunit(s) of bovine seminal RNAase. Moreover, evidence is offered that the precursor polypeptide is able to form in vitro a dimeric molecule under conditions where no exogenous reducing agents were added.
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