Photoaffinity labeling of the stereospecific D-glucose transport system with cytochalasin B

J. E. Pessin, L. G. Tillotson, K. J. Isselbacher, M. P. Czech

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A method ha been developed for photoaffinity labeling components of the hexose transport system with [3H]cytochalasin B. We have demonstrated that UV photoirradiation of intact human erythrocytes or ghost membranes with 0.5 μM [3H]cytochalasin B yielded a broad peak with an M(r) of 44,000-70,000. Labeling that was insensitive to the presence of 0.5 M D-sorbitol was substantially inhibited by 0.5 M D-glucose. Approximately 80% of labeling in the region of M(r) = 49,000-70,000 was inhibited by the presence of 0.5 M D-glucose, whereas labeling of the 44,000- to 49,000-dalton region was inhibited only 30%. Somewhat different results were obtained from photoaffinity labeling of plasma membranes from chicken embryo fibroblasts (CEF). The [3H]cytochalasin B-labeling patterns had two relatively sharp and discrete peaks at 46,000 and 52,000 daltons. Comparison of plasma membranes from glucose-fed and starved CEF revealed that the total D-glucose-sensitive labeling increased approximately 12-fold in the starved cell membranes. Labeling of the 52,000-dalton polypeptide was more sensitive than that of the 46,000-dalton polypeptide to inhibition by the presence of D-glucose. These results indicate that [3H]cytochalasin B photoaffinity labeling has wide applicability for identifying and covalently binding components of the facilitated hexose transport system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2258-2261
Number of pages4
JournalFederation Proceedings
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

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