Detection of a β-Parvalbumin Isoform in the Mammalian Inner Ear

I. Thalmann, O. Shibasaki, T. H. Comegys, M. T. Henzl, M. Senarita, R. Thalmann

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A small, acidic calcium-binding protein (CBP-15) has been detected in the guinea pig organ of Corti, the auditory receptor organ. The apparent molecular weight (15,000) and very low isoelectric point (pI {equivalent to}3.1) suggest that CBP-15 is a β-parvalbumin isoform. Consistent with this hypothesis, CBP-15 exhibits extreme homology to the mammalian oncofetal parvalbumin called oncomodulin. Sequence data have now been obtained for 30 residues in the N-terminal third of CBP-15. Identity with oncomodulin is observed at all 30 positions This finding could necessitate revision of the assumption that postnatal mammals utilize a single α-parvalbumin isoform in muscle and nonmuscle settings alike.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-147
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 4 1995


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