Quantitation of cap Z in conventional actin preparations and methods for further purification of actin

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Abstract

Gel‐filtration is commonly used to remove contaminants from conventional actin prepared by the method of Spudich and Watt. It has been shown that this procedure removes the majority of a factor that reduces the low‐shear viscosity of actin. We have previously reported that this factor is Cap Z, a barbed end capping protein. We now establish that, even after gel‐filtration, enough Cap Z can be present in conventionally prepared actin to affect events occurring at the barbed ends of actin filaments. We also demonstrate that the concentration of Cap Z can be reduced to more than a log below the KD for binding of Cap Z to actin by either (1) immunoabsorbtion of conventionally prepared actin with anti‐Cap Z antibodies, or (2) an additional cycle of polymerization/depolymerization followed by repeat gel‐filtration. © 1995 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-170
Number of pages7
JournalCell Motility and the Cytoskeleton
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

Keywords

  • Cap Z
  • actin
  • antibodies
  • blotting
  • chickens
  • immunoabsorbance
  • immuno‐affinity purification
  • kinetics
  • methods
  • muscle proteins
  • purification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Cell Biology

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