Purification and properties of filamin, and actin binding protein from chicken gizzard. Academic Article uri icon


  • Filamin, a protein recently identified in chicken gizzard (Wang, K., Ash, F., and Singer, S. J. (1975) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 72, 4483-4486), has been purified free of other components and its molecular properties have been examined. Filamin has a sedimentation constant (S020,w) of 8.86 S and a partial specific volume of 0.734 ml/g. Sedimentation equilibrium experiments give a value of 498,000 for the molecular weight of native filamin. From these data a frictional ratio of 2.32 has been calculated. On sodium dodecyl sulfate gel electrophoresis, filamin migrates as a single protein band with an estimated molecular weight of 240,000. Filamin is a soluble protein and under a variety of conditions tested does not by itself form filaments or precipitate from solution. However, filamin binds to rabbit skeletal muscle F-actin, and the complex is readily sedimented by centrifugation to yield a gelatinous pellet containing actin and filamin. These results indicate that filamin is a dimeric protein with a moderate degree of asymmetry that binds to actin. The results also suggest that the distribution of filamin in cells is derived from its interaction with polymerized actin.

author list (cited authors)

  • Shizuta, Y., Shizuta, H., Gallo, M., Davies, P., & Pastan, I.

citation count

  • 126

publication date

  • November 1976