Lactoferrin binding sites and nuclear localization in K562(S) cells

Cecilia Carré, Giovanna Bianchi-Scarrà, Mario Sirito, Marco Musso, Roberto Ravazzolo

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Lactoterrin, a single chain cationic glycoprotein, present in the secondary granules of neutrophils, acts as a negative teed bark regulator of myelopoiesis. Specific receptors tor lactoferrin were detected on the surface ot different hematopoietic cell types. The influence of lactoferrin on cell growth in culture has been reported. Interactions of lactoferrin with DNA were also demonstrated. In the present paper we confirm the presence of lactoferrin specific binding sites on K562 cells and we estimate the number of binding sites and the dissociation constant. By Western blotting analysis performed on K562 lysates we find a band uf about 120 kUa responsible for specific binding of lactoferrin. We also show that lactoferrin, after binding at the cell surface, is internalized in a temperature dependent way and is immunologkally detectable as a DNA-linked protein in nuclearextracts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-482
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology

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