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Isolation and Partial Characterisation of a Protein from Buck Seminal Plasma (Capra Hircus), Homologous to Spermadhesins

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Spermadhesins are a family of secretory proteins expressed in the male genital tract of pig, horse and bull. Their function and structure have been widely studied, especially those isolated from boar. However, there are no data concerning spermadhesins isolated from buck. Buck seminal plasma was collected and subjected to ion exchange chromatography on DEAE-Sephacel column followed by chromatography in a C18 column coupled to a HPLC system. The purification of the protein was determined by SDS-PAGE and MALDI-TOF analysis exhibiting a molecular mass of 12.5 KDa and showed to be structurally homologous to spermadhesins from boar and stallion.

Keywords: Buck Seminal Plasma; Capra Hircus; DEAE-Sephacel column; HPLC system; Spermadhesins

Document Type: Review Article


Publication date: August 1, 2002

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.

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