Naturally occurring variants of human serum transthyretin (prealbumin) have been prepared by recombinant DNA methods and crystallized from ammonium sulfate solutions to give crystals suitable for x-ray crystallographic analysis. Included are variants which are known to be associated with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy. Dyes which have been used as histochemical stains to identify amyloid tissue deposits: Congo Red, Methylene Blue and Bromophenol Blue, have been co-crystallized with the transthyretin variants. Congo Red was found to be very selective while Methylene Blue actually assisted in the formation of crystals. All crystal forms which were examined were isomorphous to the structure of normal transthyretin.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Sep 16 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology