[en] A 67000 Mr bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (bPAG) has been isolated from fetal cotyledons and purified to homogeneity by HPLC. The purification was monitored by a double immunodiffusion test and by RIA in conjunction with an antiserum raised against a crude fraction of placenta-specific antigens. The molecular weight of bPAG was estimated to be 67000 by SDS-PAGE. The isoelectric points (pI) of the four isoforms, determined by high-resolution analytical electrofocusing in polyacrylamide gel, were 4.4, 4.6, 5.2, and 5.4. The carbohydrate content of the bPAG consisted of approximately 10.02 +/- 1.09% neutral sugar and variant amounts of sialic acid (from 0.29 +/- 0.06% in the most basic isoform to 2.1 +/- 0.31% in the most acidic isoform). A specific antiserum was raised against the purified bPAG. A specific RIA showed that the bPAG was antigenically unrelated to BSA, alphafetoprotein (AFP), and human schwangerschafts-spezifischen (pregnancy-specific) beta 1 glycoprotein (SP1). According to some characteristics (e.g. the molecular weight), the purified bPAG may correspond to a form of the pregnancy-specific protein B previously described by Sasser and colleagues (Biol Reprod 1986; 35:936-942).
Laboratoire d'Endocrinologie et de Physiologie de la Reproduction animale