Abstract

The calf lens epithelium contains a specific cytoplasmic receptor for glucocorticoids. This binding protein has a high affinity for dexamethasone (average dissociation constant, 8 x 10(-9) mole per liter), a low capacity (average, 550 femtomoles per milligram of protein), extreme heat sensitivity, and exhibits a pattern of competition similar to that of glucocorticoid receptors in other tissues. This provides direct biochemical evidence that these tissues may function as a target organ for glucocorticoids.