Mammalian Ribosomal Protein: Analysis by Electrophoresis on Polyacrylamide Gel

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Science  20 Jan 1967:
Vol. 155, Issue 3760, pp. 330-332
DOI: 10.1126/science.155.3760.330


Ribosomal protein from five mammalian tissues when analyzed by discontinuous electrophoresis on polyacrylamide gel at pH 4.5 yielded 24 bands. Densitometric tracings indicated that the patterns of the basic ribosomal proteins from the several tissues were qualitatively similar. Protein from Escherichia coli ribosomes analyzed at pH 4.5 gave 29 bands, and the pattern was different from that of mammalian ribosomal protein. No distinct band was found when mammalian ribosomal protein was analyzed at pH 8.3 (acidic proteins). Ribosomal protein from Escherichia coli gave eight bands at pH 8.3. Thus, the structure of the genes responsible for synthesis of ribosomal protein in several mammalian tissues is the same, and different genes direct synthesis of ribosomal protein in bacteria.