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Binding of various ovotransferrin fragments to chick-embryo red cells.

  • A Oratore
  • G D'Andrea
  • K Moreton
  • J Williams
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1989


1. The ability of N- and C-terminal half-molecule fragments of hen ovotransferrin to interact with chick red blood cells (CERBC) has been studied under conditions that allow binding of the transferrin to transferrin receptors to take place, but not the delivery of iron to the cell. Two kinds of half-molecule fragments were used: (a) those which can associate with one another to give a dimer resembling native transferrin and (b) those which cannot associate in this way because they lack a few amino acid residues from their C-terminal ends. 2. Neither N nor C half-molecules alone can bind to the CERBC, but, when both are present, tight binding occurs. 3. Whether or not the half-molecules can associate with one another makes little difference to receptor binding. 4. Given that one of the half-molecules is iron-saturated, the presence or absence of iron in the contralateral half-molecule again makes little difference to receptor binding.

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