ISOELECTRIC FOCUSING STUDIES OF STEROID BINDING PROTEINS
Steroid binding proteins are an obvious choice in the search for genetic factors in plasma that might predispose to upper body obesity, a risk factor for non-insulin dependent diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The two steroid binding proteins studied by isoelectric focusing were sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), the transport protein for sex hormones and corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), the transport protein for corticosteroids. Auto-radiography and immunoblotting on polyacrylamide gels were used to detect polymorphism in SHBG. Immunoblotting on agarose gels was used to visualize corticosteroid binding globulin. SHBG showed similar structural variation in American Caucasians, American Blacks and Canadian Indians. Two alleles (1, 2) were hypothesized with highly polymorphic frequencies in all three ethnic groups. CBG was not found to be polymorphic, but two variants were found in Caucasian male twins and in a Black individual. The finding of a good assay and a polymorphic system for SHBG are the first steps for additional studies into disease associations.
EICHNER, JUNE ELIZABETH, "ISOELECTRIC FOCUSING STUDIES OF STEROID BINDING PROTEINS" (1986). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI8712602.