The partition behaviour of six enzymes of the Calvin cycle in extracts of chloroplasts from spinach (Spinacia oleracea) between two aqueous phases has been studied by countercurrent distribution. The enzymes showed distribution patterns which indicate heterogeneity and the presence of two or three fractions of most of the enzymes. When two of the enzymes, phosphoglycerate kinase and fructose-bisphosphate aldolase, were partitioned in both purified and partially purified form, they behaved like homogeneous substances. These results indicate that countercurrent distribution of crude extracts in aqueous two-phase systems is a useful method to study protein-protein interaction.

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