Proteolytic changes in main intrinsic polypeptide (MIP26) from membranes in selenite cataract

L. L. David, L. J. Takemoto, R. S. Anderson, T. R. Shearer

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Experimental nuclear cataract produced by an overdose of sodium selenite exhibited limited proteolysis, including breakdown of main intrinsic polypeptide (MIP26) to 24 and 22 kD fragments (1). Micro-sequencing and site specific immunologic probes were used in the present study to determine regions of cleavage in MIP26 during selenite cataractogenesis. Data suggested that proteolysis occurred in the C-terminus of MIP26. This may have lead to exposure of normally hidden amino acid residues on the C-terminal extension of MIP26. Loss of antigenicity of the N-terminus occurred. These significant changes to the MIP26 molecule might adversely affect communication between lens fiber cells and contribute to selenite cataract.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-417
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Eye Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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