A bone resorbing substance from bovine serum albumin (brA)

P. H. Stern*, J. C. Miller, S. F. Chen, D. J. Kahn

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A fraction (brA), which causes resorption of fetal rat bones in vitro, has been concentrated from bovine serum albumin by anion exchange column chromatography on DEAE Sephadex. This active fraction has also been prepared using DEAE Sephadex A-50 by a batch method with a 0.09 M NaCl, 0.1 M TRIS buffer, pH 8.35. BrA was 10-30 times more potent than the original albumin. The retained material, which constitutes the bulk of the protein and has less activity than the original albumin, elutes with 0.45 M NaCl. Similar treatment of serum α, β or γ globulins does not yield brA. Further enhancement of the bone resorbing activity of brA can be obtained with (NH4)2SO4 fractionation or extraction with CH3OH:CHCl3. Heating at 55° C for 2 h or at 100° C for 10 min does not affect the activity; overnight incubation with protease destroys the bone resorbing effect. The bone resorbing activity is not removed by dialysis and does not correlate with the protease activity of the fraction. The action of brA is inhibited by 3 m M PO4, 1 μg/ml calcitonin or glucagon, 10-7M dexamethasone or 0.02 μg/ml actinomycin D. The bone resorbing activity of brA is partially inhibited by 10-7-10-5M indomethacin. PTH did not elicit bone resorption when added to cultures incubated in chemically defined medium supplemented with 0.1 mg/ml brA. However, brA did not inhibit PTH-induced resorption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-240
Number of pages8
JournalCalcified Tissue Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1978


  • Albumin
  • Bone
  • Bone resorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology


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