The polypeptide composition of isolated mitochondrial NADH:ubiquinone reductase (NADH dehydrogenase) is very similar to that of material immunoprecipitated from detergent-solubilized bovine heart submitochondrial particles by antisera to the holoenzyme. The specificity of the antisera for dehydrogenase polypeptides was determined by immunoblotting, which showed that antisera reacting with only a few proteins were able to immunoprecipitate all others in parallel. The polypeptide compositions of rat, rabbit and human NADH dehydrogenase were determined by immunoprecipitation of the enzyme from solubilized submitochondrial particles and proved to be very similar to that of the bovine heart enzyme, particularly in the high-Mr region. Further homologies in these and other species were explored by immunoblotting with antisera to the holoenzyme and monospecific antisera raised against iron-sulphur-protein subunits of the enzyme.

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