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Molecular characterization and peptide specificity of two Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP) binding sites in the chicken pineal

Authors
Journal
Neuropeptides
0143-4179
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
19
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0143-4179(91)90066-r

Abstract

Abstract Here we report that chicken pineal membranes express high affinity receptors for Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP), as revealed by competitive displacement analysis of [3-iodotyrosyl- 125I]-VIP by native VIP. These binding sites were further characterized by covalent cross-linking of radioiodinated VIP to chicken pineal cell membranes, using dithiobis(succinimidylpropionate) as a cross-linking reagent. Sodium dodecyl sulfate electrophoresis after solubilization of the cross-linked membranes, reveals the existence of two polypeptides, P 1 and P 2, with a similar labelling intensity and apparent molecular weights of Mr = 57 000 and Mr = 70 000 respectively. These two components behave like high affinity binding sites for VIP.

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