Isolation and Characterization of Full and Truncated Forms of Human Breast Carcinoma Protein BA46 from Human Milk Fat Globule Membranes
We have isolated and characterized two proteins of 50 and 30 kDa from human milk fat globule membranes of healthy donors. N-terminal and internal sequencing revealed that the 50-kDa protein is the full-length human breast carcinoma protein BA46 that is highly expressed in human breast tumors. The 30-kDa protein is a truncated form of protein BA46 which consists of the C-terminal factor V/VIII-like domain of BA46 and which appears to anchor BA46 to the milk fat globule membrane. Defective release of the epidermal growth factor domain containing a surface RGD motif may be related to involvement of BA46 in breast cancer
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