The details of a two-dimensional separation procedure specially designed for the study of erythrocyte membranes are presented. In this highly reproducible method, the membrane proteins are dissolved in sodium dodecyl sulfate and separated first on the basis of charge by isoelectric focusing. The samples are loaded either at the cathode (CIF) or anode (AIF). The CIF samples gave better separation of the acidic proteins, while the AIF was better for the separation of the high molecular weight polypeptides of the erythrocyte. Over 90 discrete polypeptides could be detected with this method in the pH range of 5 to 8. Special attention was given to the higher molecular weight components. For example, six components could be detected within the 90,000 to 100,000 molecular weight range of protein 3, the major membrane protein. A component with the same or very nearly the same molecular weight as spectrin band 2 was detected. It is more basic than spectrin band 2, and both spectrin band 2 and the basic component are readily phosphorylated in the intact cell. However, the phosphorylation of band 2 is cAMP independent while the phosphorylation of the basic component is enhanced by cAMP. In contrast to spectrin, the basic component is not extracted from the membrane with 0.1 mm EDTA, although dilute NaOH will remove it from the membrane. The Ca2+-activated transferase of the erythrocyte cytoplasm will not crosslink this component. Calcium does, however, activate the conversion of this component to a lower molecular weight. This high molecular weight basic component has properties attributed to the component labeled 2.1 in Fairbanks' system of nomenclature. ?? 1979.
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