Identification of the 37-kDa protein displaying a variable interaction with the erythroid cell membrane as glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase

R. W. Allen, K. A. Trach, J. A. Hoch

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    In previous studies from this laboratory we isolated and characterized a 37-kDa protein that was associated with the membrane of erythroid cells. The polypeptide appeared to undergo a lineage-specific alteration in its interaction with the membrane during erythroid development and migrated as a family of isoelectric focusing variants during analyses on two-dimensional gels. We report here that the 37-kDa protein is homologous to the enzyme glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (EC This conclusion was reached from the results of several experimental approaches comparing the biochemical and genetic properties of the 37-kDa protein (p37) with authentic glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase. Peptide maps of highly purified p37 and glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, generated with Staphylococcus V8 protease, were identical. The nucleotide sequence of a cDNA clone encoding p37 was nearly identical to the published sequence for genes encoding glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase. These results suggest that the interaction of the enzyme with the red cell membrane is more complex than previously envisioned. The existence of subpopulations of glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase molecules is envisioned that exhibit different levels of enzyme activity and bind to the red cell membrane with varying affinities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)649-653
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1987


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