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A potent and selective photoaffinity probe for the anti-estrogen binding site of rat liver.

Abstract : The anti-estrogen binding site (ABS) is an apparently ubiquitous component of cells that has been shown to be intimately linked with the antiproliferative effects of certain antiestrogenic compounds, like tamoxifen, which is currently used for the treatment of breast cancer. However, the identification and in vitro study of this novel protein has been hampered to date by a lack of convenient probes that will efficiently label the molecule in nonpurified preparations. Thus, using a selective ABS ligand (4-benzylphenoxy-N-ethylmorpholine, MBPE) as starting material, we synthesized a photosensitive azido derivative, [(2-azido-4-benzyl)phenoxy]N-ethylmorpholine (azido-MBPE) that can be prepared in a tritiated form. Azido-MBPE has a high affinity for ABS (Kd = 3 nM), identical to that of tamoxifen, and covalently labels 5 and 12% of membrane-bound and detergent-solubilized ABS, respectively. Its incorporation is selectively and competitively inhibited by other ABS ligands (tamoxifen greater than nitromifen greater than hydroxytamoxifen). [3H]Azido-MBPE potently photolabels either membrane-bound or detergent-solubilized ABS as determined by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis under denaturing conditions revealing specific photoincorporation in a protein band of Mr = 40,000. This molecular weight is approximately two times lower than what we observed previously for ABS preparations studied under nondenaturing conditions and postlabeled with [3H]tamoxifen (Mr = 80,000-110,000). In chromatofocusing experiments with photolabeled ABS, a single specifically labeled protein fraction migrating with a pI of 6.4 was found to exhibit a Mr of 40,000 when subsequently electrophoresed on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gels. These results indicate that [3H]azido-MBPE is a specific high affinity probe of ABS that will prove useful in the ultimate identification of this protein.
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  • HAL Id : inserm-00090798, version 1
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Marc Poirot, Catherine Chailleux, Annick Fargin, Francis Bayard, Jean-Charles Faye. A potent and selective photoaffinity probe for the anti-estrogen binding site of rat liver.. Journal of Biological Chemistry, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1990, 265, pp.17039-43. ⟨inserm-00090798⟩



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