Non-collagen protein and proteoglycan in renal glomerular basement membrane

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Extraction of rat glomerular basement membrane, purified by osmotic lysis and sequential detergent treatment, with 8 M urea containing protease inhibitors solubilizes protein that is devoid of hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine. This material represents 8-12% of total membrane protein, elutes mainly as two high molecular weight peaks on agarose gel filtration, and is associated with glycosaminoglycans. Isolated rat renal glomeruli incorporate [35S]sulfate into basement membrane from which this non-collagenous35S-labeled fraction can be subsequently solubilized. The radioactivity incorporated into urea-soluble glomerular basement membrane eluted primarily with the higher molecular weight peak (Mrgreater than 250 000). Cellulose acetate electrophoresis after pronase digestion of the urea-soluble fraction revealed glycosaminoglycan that was resistant to digestion with Streptomyces hyaluronidase and chondroitinase ABC, sensitive to nitrous acid treatment, and contained [35S]-sulfate. The findings indicate that one of the non-collagenous components of glomerular basement membrane is a proteoglycan containing heparan sulfate. © 1981.




Cohen, M. P., Wu, V. Y., & Surma, M. L. (1981). Non-collagen protein and proteoglycan in renal glomerular basement membrane. BBA - General Subjects, 678(3), 322–328.

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