Proteins reacting with anti-spectrin antibodies are present in Chlamydomonas cells.


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It was found either in Western-blot analysis or in indirect immunofluorescence microscopy that cells of the alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii contain polypeptides cross-reacting with antibodies directed against red blood cell spectrin. The protein could also be detected by immunoprecipitation with anti-spectrin antibodies. C. reinhardtii cells contain distinct polypeptide chains reacting with antibodies directed against either α- or β-spectrin subunits. This protein was extracted from the cells with low ionic strength solution but was not with nonionic detergent.