Glycoprotein was isolated from a purified thymocyte membrane preparation by two methods: lithium diiodosalicylate-phenol extraction and hot 75% ethanol extraction. A higher yield of membrane sialic acid was obtained by the latter method. The preparations had similar apparent molecular weights on sodium dodecyl sulfate gel electrophoresis. Both had similar receptor activities against a panel of hemagglutinins, although the 75% ethanol extract was more active on a weight basis. However, there were significant differences in carbohydrate and amino acid compositions of the two thymocyte extracts. The lithium diiodosalicylate-extracted material had much more glucose, ribose, and glycine than the ethanol extract. The glycoprotein preparations from thymocytes were quite distinct from the glycoprotein of bovine erythrocytes in both composition and receptor properties.
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- Cell Biology