Journal article

STRUCTURE OF THE HUMAN-ERYTHROCYTE INSULIN-RECEPTOR

GM WARD, LC HARRISON

DIABETES | AMER DIABETES ASSOC | Published : 1986

Abstract

The structure of the insulin receptor in intact human erythrocytes was defined using the techniques of disuccinimidyl suberate (DSS) cross-linking of 125I-insulin and surface [125I]iodination followed by receptor immunoprecipitation. In contrast to a recent report, we found the erythrocyte insulin receptor to be similar in structure to that in classic target tissues for insulin, consisting of at least three species of molecular weight approximately 295,000, 265,000, and 245,000, containing disulfide-linked subunits of molecular weight approximately 130,000 and 95,000. The interconversion of the three oligomeric forms could mediate changes in receptor affinity as postulated in other tissues. ..

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