Isolation and characterization of baby hamster kidney (BHK-21) cell modulator protein. Academic Article uri icon


  • A Ca2+-dependent modulator protein has been isolated from BHK-21 cells. The purification requires heat treatment, ion-exchange chromatography, and gel filtration. The protein appears homogenous on sodium dodecyl sulfate--polyacrylamide and isoelectric focusing gels. The protein comigrates with purified smooth muscle and brain modulators. BHK-21 modulator is characterized by a high content of aspartic and glutamic acids and by a high phenylalanine/tyrosine ratio. It lacks both cysteine and tryptophan. The protein is effective in activating brain-modulator-deficient phosphodiesterase. It can also be used in assay systems to generate Ca2+-sensitive actin activation of both BHK-21 and smooth muscle myosins. Therefore, it is proposed that the BHK-21 modulator protein is a component of the Ca2+-dependent mechanism involved in the regulation of actin--myosin interactions in BHK-21 cells.

publication date

  • February 20, 1979