When added to human blood serum, the iron-binding protein lactoferrin (LF) purified from breast milk interacts with ceruloplasmin (CP), a copper-containing oxidase. Selective binding of LF to CP is evidenced by the results of polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, immunodiffusion, gel filtration, and affinity chromatography. The molar stoichiometry of CP:LF in the complex is 1:2. Near-uv circular dichroism spectra of the complex showed that neither of the two proteins undergoes major structural perturbations when interacting with its counterpart. K(d) for the CP/LF complex was estimated from Scatchard plot as 1.8 x 10(-6) M. The CP/LF complex is found in various fluids of the human body. Upon injection into rat of human LF, the latter is soon revealed within the CP/LF complex of the blood plasma, from where the human protein is substantially cleared within 5 h.

Interaction of Lactoferrin with Ceruloplasmin

DE FILIPPIS, VINCENZO;BELTRAMINI, MARIANO;DI MURO, PAOLO;SALVATO, BENEDETTO;FONTANA, ANGELO;
2000

Abstract

When added to human blood serum, the iron-binding protein lactoferrin (LF) purified from breast milk interacts with ceruloplasmin (CP), a copper-containing oxidase. Selective binding of LF to CP is evidenced by the results of polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, immunodiffusion, gel filtration, and affinity chromatography. The molar stoichiometry of CP:LF in the complex is 1:2. Near-uv circular dichroism spectra of the complex showed that neither of the two proteins undergoes major structural perturbations when interacting with its counterpart. K(d) for the CP/LF complex was estimated from Scatchard plot as 1.8 x 10(-6) M. The CP/LF complex is found in various fluids of the human body. Upon injection into rat of human LF, the latter is soon revealed within the CP/LF complex of the blood plasma, from where the human protein is substantially cleared within 5 h.
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