The androgen receptor in normal human foreskin. I. Stabilization and identification of two receptor subunits

Anthony J. Razel, Jan Svensson, Thomas C. Spelsberg, Carolyn B. Coulam

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Use of glycerol and the protease inhibitor phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride resulted in a fourfold increase in the yield of androgen receptor from human neonatal foreskin and a tenfold increase in stability of this receptor. The general physical properties of the androgen-binding component isolated from the cytosol of human neonatal foreskin were found to be consistent with those previously reported for androgen receptors. The synthetic androgen methyltrienolone (R1881) was bound with high affinity (a mean dissociation constant of 0.51 nmol/L) and low capacity (5.6 fmol/mg of protein); maximum binding required 4 hours. Affinity of the receptor was highest for R1881 followed by dihydrotestosterone, testosterone, and progesterone. 17β-Estradiol showed little or no competition. The receptor exhibited a change of sedimentation coefficient from 8S to 4S upon treatment with 0.1 mol/L potassium chloride. Isoelectric focusing demonstrated the existence of two molecular species with apparent isoelectric points of 7.2 and 5.7.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-416
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 15 1985



  • Foreskin
  • androgen receptor
  • binding protein
  • isoelectric focusing
  • neonatal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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