Amino Acid Sequence of Porcine Myelin Basic Protein

Jun‐ichi ‐i Kira, Gladys E. Deibler, Henry C. Krutzsch, Russell E. Martenson

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The myelin basic protein (BP) of pig brain was cleaved into its constituent tryptic peptides and the amino acid composition of each was determined. Those tryptic peptides that had not been sequenced previously were cleaved with dipeptidyl peptidases and the resulting dipeptides were trimethylsilated, separated by gas chromatography, and identified by mass spectrometry. Carboxypeptidases B and Y were used to establish the COOH‐terminal sequences of some of the tryptic peptides; one tryptic peptide (sequence 76–92) was cleaved with thermolysin and the thermolytic peptides were analyzed. From the results of the present study together with those reported previously, it has been possible to determine the complete amino acid sequence of the protein. The protein consists of 172 residues and has a theoretical molecular weight of 18,604. Its amino acid sequence is identical with that reported for the homologous bovine protein with the following exceptions: Ser replaces (bovine) Ala2; His‐Gly is inserted between Arg9 and Ser10; Ala replaces Ser45; His and Gly replace Gly76 and His77, respectively; Pro replaces Ser131 and Ser135; Ala is inserted between Gly142 and His143; and Gin replaces His143.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-142
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1985
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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