Journal article

Molecular evidence for the involvement of alpha crystallin in the colouration/crosslinking of crystallins in age-related nuclear cataract

YC Chen, GE Reid, RJ Simpson, RJW Truscott

EXPERIMENTAL EYE RESEARCH | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD | Published : 1997

Abstract

The proteins of the lens which become insoluble, crosslinked and coloured as a result of the onset of human nuclear cataract have been studied using a combination of enzymatic digestion and HPLC/mass spectrometry (MS). The objective was to determine if such an approach could provide information on the identities of the polypeptide components involved in the colouration and crosslinking and to discover whether any crystallins predominate in this characteristic post-translational modification process. Initially, coloured high molecular weight peptides were isolated from a tryptic/chymotryptic digest of the 6 M guanidine hydrochloride-insoluble lens protein fraction. These tryptic/chymotryptic ..

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