Partial characterization of 21.5K myelin basic protein from sheep brain

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Science  02 Mar 1984:
Vol. 223, Issue 4639, pp. 936-938
DOI: 10.1126/science.6198722


The 21,500 molecular weight (21.5K) variant of myelin basic protein (MBP) was isolated from sheep brain and partially characterized. Digestion with cyanogen bromide and trypsin yielded peptides which showed that approximately 30 additional amino acids were inserted at the equivalent of the amino acid at position 57 in the bovine 18.5K MBP sequence. An unusually hydrophobic peptide Pro, Val, Leu, Trp, Lys was present in this region. Ornithine was present in hydrolyzates of 21.5K MBP, but it was not detected in any of the peptides.