We describe the purification procedure and some of the physiochemical properties of gelsolin, a major Ca2+-dependent regulatory protein of actin gel-sol transformation in rabbit lung macrophages. Gelsolin accounts for the majority of Ca2+ control of actin gelation in macrophage extracts. It is a single polypeptide chain with an average molecular weight of 91,000 a Stokes radius of 44 A, a sedimentation coefficient (s20(0),w) of 4.9 S, an isoelectric point of 6.1, and a frictional ratio of 1.43. Gelsolin binds 2 mol of Ca2+ with high affinity (Ka 1.09 X 10(6) M-1) in the presence of 0.1 M KCl and 2 mM MgCl2.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - Oct 10 1980|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology