A simple method for the preparation and purification of C1 complement cleaved beta 2-microglobulin from human serum.

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A simple method is described for the preparation of proteolytically processed forms of beta 2-microglobulin suitable for structural and biological studies. PEG 6000 was added to the serum of healthy individuals to precipitate the C1 complement complex from C1 esterase inhibitor (C1-inh). After dissolving the precipitate containing the C1 complement in Tris-HCl buffer, pH 7.6, efficient conversion of added beta 2-microglobulin to desLys58 beta 2-microglobulin was observed. Addition of a specific carboxypeptidase B inhibitor (Plummers inhibitor) could partly prevent the deletion of Lys-58 from cleaved beta 2-microglobulin, whereby Lys58-cleaved beta 2-microglobulin was obtained. The proteolytically processed forms were subsequently purified by G-75 Sephadex gel filtration followed by chromatofocusing. A yield of 10-40% of proteolytically processed beta 2-microglobulin was obtained. Only one component was seen by SDS-PAGE stained with Coomassie Brilliant Blue.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Immunological Methods
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)29-33
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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Keywords: Chromatography, Gel; Complement C1; Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay; Humans; beta 2-Microglobulin

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