Life and Medical Sciences
Cell & Developmental Biology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Lactoferrin, a single chain cationic glycoprotein, present in the secondary granules of neutrophils, acts as a negative feedback regulator of myelopoiesis. Specific receptors for lactoferrin were detected on the surface of different hematopoietic cell types. The influence of lactoferrin on cell growth in culture has been reported. Interactions of lactoferrin with DNA were also demonstrated.In the present paper we confirm the presence of lactoferrin specific binding sites on K562 cells and we estimate the number of binding sites and the dissociation constant. By Western blotting analysis performed on K562 lysates we find a band of about 120 kDa responsible for specific binding of lactoferrin. We also show that lactoferrin, after binding at the cell surface, is internalized in a temperature dependent way and is immunologically detectable as a DNA-linked protein in nuclear extracts. © 1992 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
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