We have examined the nuclear localization of isoprenylated proteins in CHO-K1 cells labeled with [14C]mevalonate. Nuclear proteins of 68, 70, and 74 kD, posttranslationally modified by an isoprenoid, are also components of a nuclear matrix-intermediate filament preparation from CHO cells. Furthermore, the 68-, 70-, and 74-kD isoprenylated polypeptides are immunoprecipitated from cell extracts with two different anti-lamin antisera. Based on exact two-dimensional comigration with lamin B, both from rat liver lamin and CHO nuclear matrix-intermediate filament preparations, and its immunoprecipitation with anti-lamin antisera, we conclude that the 68-kD isoprenylated protein found in nuclei from [14C]mevalonate-labeled CHO cells is lamin B. The more basic 74-kD isoprenylated nuclear protein is similar in molecular mass and isoelectric pH variants to the lamin A precursor polypeptide reported by others. Starving cells for mevalonate results in a dramatic accumulation of a polypeptide that comigrates on two-dimensional, non-equilibrium pH gradient electrophoresis (NEPHGE) gels with the 74-kD isoprenylated protein. The 70-kD isoprenylated protein, which is resolved on NEPHGE gels as being higher in molecular mass and slightly more basic than lamin B, has not yet been identified.
Michael Sinensky, L. A. Beck, and T. Hosick. "Incorporation of a Product of Mevalonic Acid Metabolism Into Proteins of Chinese Hamster Ovary Nuclei" Journal of Cell Biology (1988): 1307-1316. DOI: 10.1083/jcb.107.4.1307