Rat prosomatostatin was isolated from a somatostatin-producing cell line and was partially microsequenced. This indicated the amino terminal structure of cellular prosomatostatin and implied a 92-amino acid sequence for the somatostatin precursor. Based on the structure for cellular prosomatostatin, a peptide was synthesized and used to develop a radioimmunoassay directed toward the amino terminal portion of prosomatostatin. This assay has revealed two peptides containing the amino-terminal portion of prosomatostatin in a somatostatin-secreting CA-77 rat medullary thyroid carcinoma cell line. These two peptides - MW 4000 and 8000 daltons - lack somatostatin immunoreactivity. Thus, processing of prosomatostatin occurs both at the amino and carboxyl regions. These results open the way for elucidation of the structure, function and metabolism of non-somatostatin peptides derived from the amino terminus of prosomatostatin.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|State||Published - Oct 30 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology