A glycoprotein, particularly high in tumors, has been extracted from Morris 5123C rat hepatomas and purified. The compound constitutes a major binding component for 67Ga in this hepatoma. It has a molecular weight of approximately 45,000. Its molecular weight was determined by sodium dodecyl sulfate:polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and by Sephadex G-200 superfine gel filtration. The steps involved in its extraction and purification include ultrafiltration, gel filtration through Sephadex G-200 superfine, ion-exchange chromatography on diethylaminoethyl Sephadex A-50, and hydroxylapatite chromatography. The homogeneity of the compound was established by gel electrophoresis. The NH2-terminal residue, the percentage of nitrogen, the nonamino carbohydrate content, and the amino acid composition are reported.
This work was supported by NIH, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Grant CA-11858.