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Biochimica et biophysica acta 583 (4): 483-90 (1979)

Transferrin receptors on human B and T lymphoblastoid cell lines.

J W Larrick , P Cresswell
Experiments demonstrating the existence of receptors for iron-saturated transferrin on both B and T lymphoblastoid cell lines of human origin are described. Binding of 125I-labeled transferrin is rapid, saturable and reversible. It can be specifically inhibited by unlabeled transferrin but not by other proteins. The number of receptors on T cell lines determined by Scatchard analysis is almost double the number on B cell lines but the binding affinities are equal. The putative transferrin receptor can be removed from the cell by the proteolytic enzymes papain and trypsin, and is re-expressed during overnight incubation at 37 degrees C. Resynthesis is inhibited by puromycin. The receptor can be solubilized by deoxycholate, and retains transferrin binding capacity when non-covalently attached to an amphipathic matrix consisting of deoxycholate-coupled poly(L-lysyl) Agarose.
ISSN: 0006-3002