The binding of calcium to human fibronectin

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The binding of calcium to human plasma fibronectin has been measured by equilibrium dialysis at 25° in 0.1 M NaCl 50mM Tris HCL, pH 7.4. Curve fitting of the binding data indicates that fibronectin has two strong calcium binding sites per chain (Mr 220,000), KD = 1.3 mM and approximately 12 weak sites, KD = 2.3 mM. No significant displacement of bound calcium by magnesium was observed at magnesium concentrations up to 1 mM. Calcium binding to a pair of tryptic fragments of fibronectin (Mr {reversed tilde equals} 160,000 and 180,000) that bind to gelatin has also been investigated. These fragments have a single class of calcium binding sites, with 2.2 sites per chain, KD = 1.1 mM. Negligible calcium binding to tryptic fragments derived from other regions of the fibronectin molecule was observed. © 1983.




Amphlett, G. W., & Hrinda, M. E. (1983). The binding of calcium to human fibronectin. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 111(3), 1045–1053.

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