A polymeric form of the alpha 1-chain C-terminal peptide alpha 1 CB6 (poly-alpha 1 CB6) was purified from CNBr digests of insoluble bovine tendon type-I-collagen by gel filtration and ion-exchage chromatography. The purified material had a molecular weight of 1.5 × 10(6)-5 × 10(6) on gel filtration and an amino acid content virtually identical with that of monomeric peptide alpha 1 CB6. The material could be adsorbed on affinity gels containing immobilized anti-(alpha 1 CB6-peptide non-helical region) antibodies and was an inhibitor of haemagglutination by the same antibodies of alpha 1 CB6-peptide-coated sheep erythrocytes. Periodate treatment of the material had no effect. Alkali hydrolysates were shown to contain two unknown amino acids, which were purified by gel filtration and ion-exchange chromatography in volatile buffers and are believed to be components of the mature cross-link of collagen.
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