Abstract

Labeling studies with 75selenium (75Se) have suggested the existence of selenium-binding proteins in addition to glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) in rodent tissues. Three selenium-binding proteins of apparent mol. wt 56, 14 and 12K on SDS-PAGE were isolated from mouse liver using Sephadex G-150 and DEAE-Sephadex chromatography. The proteins were electroeluted from SDS-PAGE gels and injected into rabbits to elicit antibodies. Western immunoblot experiments indicated that the 56K protein was distinct from the 14 and 12K proteins. The latter two proteins appeared to be immunologically related, perhaps as differentially processed variants. The 56 and 14/12K proteins appeared to be distinct from GSH-Px and the 57K plasma selenium-binding proteins. These results indicate that the mouse liver contains at least two selenium-binding proteins distinct from GSH-Px. The existence of the antibodies should permit experiments which help to examine the role of these proteins in the biological function of selenium in mammals.

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