Soluble 125I-labeled tropoelastin bound to confluent cultures of bovine ligamentum nuchae fibroblasts and to fibroblast plasma membrane preparations in a time-dependent, saturable, and reversible manner. Scatchard analysis indicates that there are approximately 2x106 binding sites/cell with a binding efficiency (K(d)) of 8x10-9 M. Binding of tropoelastin to cells and membranes reached equilibrium by 90 min and was reversible with 50% of specifically bound material released by 40 min. Specific binding of tropoelastin to cells pre-treated with dilute trypsin solutions was reduced significantly when compared with controls. Four polypeptides of estimated molecular masses of 67, 61, 55, and 43 kDa were obtained from detergent extracts of plasma membranes by elution affinity chromatography on elastin-Affi-Gel. Our findings establish that elastin-specific binding proteins displaying characteristics of a true receptor are present on the surface of elastin-producing cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2280-2284
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1988


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