Crude spectrin preparations were extracted from red cell membranes either in dimeric or tetrameric forms and incubated at 4 degrees C with hemin. The mixtures were subjected immediately or after 18 hours to nondenaturing electrophoresis. It was found that immediately after addition of 0.3 mM hemin, the fraction of spectrin complexed with other skeletal proteins, disaggregated to tetramer and dimer forms. After incubation for 18 hours at 4 degrees C most of the spectrin appeared in two additional bands which contained more hemin and migrated on the gels as molecular weight forms smaller than the dimers. Since SDS electrophoresis showed that spectrin subunits retained their integrity in these mixtures, it was concluded that hemin bound spectrin dissociates with time into monomers. It is suggested that there are pathophysiological implications to the disaggregation of spectrin complexes in the cytoskeleton by hemin.
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Jan 1984|