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B. Dattatreyamurty, R. A. Smith, S.-B. Zhang, T. A. Santa-Coloma, and L. E. Reichert Jr


A 240 kDa protein isolated from bovine calf testis has been shown to have properties characteristic of an FSH receptor. However, rat testis FSH receptor has, on the basis of cloning experiments, been found to have a much lower molecular mass of 75 kDa (peptide only). To examine this point, the size of the FSH receptor in membranes obtained from cultured Sertoli cells of immature rats was determined after polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis under non-reducing conditions, followed by transfer to polyvinylidene difluoride membranes and direct identification of the FSH receptor by ligand blot analysis utilizing radioiodinated human FSH. In this system, the rat Sertoli cell membrane FSH receptor also showed a molecular mass of 240 kDa. Bovine testis contains LH and FSH receptors. We compared the sizes of FSH and LH receptors present in the same bovine testis membrane preparation by ligand blot analysis. The FSH receptor again showed a molecular mass of 240 kDa, whereas the LH receptor showed a molecular mass of 90 kDa. The latter value is similar to that deduced by cloning techniques (75 kDa, peptide only). The evidence seems to suggest that, whereas the molecular mass deduced for the LH receptor on the basis of its cDNA is similar to that of the mature membrane receptor, the size of the FSH membrane receptor is considerably different from that deduced on the basis of its cDNA, presumably as a result of post-translational processing. The marked difference in size between mature FSH (240 kDa) and LH (90 kDa) receptors may reflect significant structural differences of importance with regard to mechanisms of signal transduction.