Membrane biochemistry (Membr Biochem)

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Other titles Membrane biochemistry
ISSN 0149-046X
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the potential ability of p-fluoro-hexahydro-sila-difenidol (p-F-HHSiD) to discriminate between M1 and M3 muscarinic receptor subtypes using Chinese hamster ovary cells stably transfected with the genes encoding the two receptors. Both radioligand binding and functional assays were utilized for this purpose. In contrast to initial reports of a 14-fold selectivity of this antagonist for M3 versus M1 receptors, we have detected a qualitatively similar selectivity that was markedly smaller in magnitude.
    Membrane biochemistry 07/2009; 9(4):293-300.
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    ABSTRACT: Sodium regulation of ligand binding to the dopamine transporter of rat and/or bovine striata was investigated using a filtration binding assay. In low Na+ phosphate or bicarbonate-buffered sucrose (300 mOsm), the tissue exhibited high affinity for [3H]cocaine which was reduced by the addition of Na+ in a dose-dependent manner. However, [3H]GBR 12935 binding was insensitive to Na+ in these physiological buffers. Although binding of [3H]GBR 12935 was displaced by cocaine in a manner consistent with competitive displacement, a non-linear affinity shift of the displacement of [3H]GBR 12935 by cocaine suggests that the two ligands bind to distinct sites. Binding of both radioligands was suppressed when measured in sodium-free 50 nM Tris-sucrose and increased with the addition of Na+. Scatchard analysis indicated that Bmax for [3H]cocaine binding in Tris plus 120 mM NaCl reached the same level as in the physiological buffers. In Krebs-Ringer buffer with phosphate, bicarbonate or Tris, which contained 120 nM NaCl, both [3H]cocaine and [3H]WIN 35428 binding exhibited lower affinities than in Na(+)-deficient phosphate buffer. It is suggested that the cation form of Tris binds to the dopamine transporter and that the Tris-receptor complex does not bind [3H]cocaine or [3H]GBR 12935. Na+ displaces Tris, forming a Na(+)-receptor complex which binds these ligands. Thus, it is suggested that the Na(+)-dependent binding of cocaine to the dopamine transporter is observed only in Tris.
    Membrane biochemistry 07/2009; 10(3):129-44. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150260
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    ABSTRACT: Impairment of transport and metabolism of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) has been recognized to play a role in the development of diabetic macular edema. To understand the mechanism(s) of action of high glucose levels in alteration of RPE metabolism, primary cultures of RPE cells were used as an in vitro model of diabetic retinopathy/maculopathy. RPE cells were grown with 5 mM (control) or 40 mM glucose (a monosaccharide that enters the cells), or 40 mM sucrose (a disaccharide that does not enter the cells), and the extent of Na(+)-dependent active transport of an osmolyte ([3H]-myo-inositol, MI, 10 microM) into cells was determined. While 40 mM glucose down-regulated 3H-MI transport, 40 mM sucrose stimulated it, compared to 5 mM glucose feeding. Addition of 1 mM amiloride, an inhibitor of Na+/H+ exchanger, in the incubation media, significantly inhibited MI transport. Cells treated with high sucrose or high glucose were more sensitive toward amiloride inhibition, compared to controls. Inhibition of either pump or leak pathway alone was not sufficient to completely inhibit MI transport, but simultaneous inhibition of both pathways, by amiloride and ouabain (1 mM each), strongly inhibited osmolyte accumulation. The strongest inhibition of uptake occurred when 150 mM NaCl in the incubation media was replaced by 150 mM choline-Cl, and the percent inhibition of uptake, with choline-Cl, was highest with sucrose-fed cells, compared to normal or high glucose-fed cells. Imposition of a pH gradient [pHi (6.1) less than pH0 (8.0)] across the cell membrane, a condition that stimulates Na+/H+ exchange activity, also reduced MI accumulation. Cellular water content, measured by the extent of [3H]-3-O-methyl glucose uptake, in the presence of balanced salt solution (BSS), BSS containing half the ionic strength (hypotonic solution), or BSS containing 20 mM K+, for induction of cell swelling, varied when cells were fed with various sugars. Cells fed with high glucose were less sensitive toward media tonicity compared to normal. These results suggested that in cultured RPE cells, changes in Na+/H+ exchanger activity (intracellularly or extracellularly), through its inhibition by amiloride, its activation via intracellular acidification, or perhaps by chronic feeding with high sucrose or high glucose, affected the Na(+)-dependent active accumulation of MI. A metabolic factor involved in the development of diabetic macular edema is perhaps associated with glucose-induced alterations in Na+ fluxes (e.g., changes in Na+/H+ exchanger activity), which can secondarily influence osmolyte accumulation, impairment of pump-leak balance, and/or intracellular pH.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)
    Membrane biochemistry 07/2009; 9(4):279-92. DOI:10.3109/09687689009025847
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    ABSTRACT: Diabetic patients present alterations in the activity of a number of enzymes of the plasma membrane. The aim of this study was to verify if the modifications of the enzymatic activities in diabetes mellitus are associated with structural alterations of the cellular membrane. By means of the freeze-fracturing technique, we studied the structure of erythrocyte membranes from 15 insulin-dependent diabetic patients (24-43 years) and 15 age-matched healthy subjects (26-47 years). The kinetic properties of the Na+/K(+)-ATPase of the same membranes were also investigated. The Na+/K(+)-ATPase of the erythrocyte plasma membrane shows an uncompetitive inhibition in the diabetic subjects. As for the freeze-fracturing results, the intramembrane particles of the erythrocyte membranes from diabetic patients appear more clustered with respect to those obtained from controls. The uncompetitive inhibition of the enzyme suggests the presence of conformational modifications of the protein. This hypothesis is supported by the freeze-fracture results which indicate that the integral protein constituents of the membrane in diabetes tend to aggregate. Modifications of the interactions between the enzymatic subunits and the membrane lipid environment might be at the basis of the Na+/K(+)-ATPase alteration in diabetes.
    Membrane biochemistry 07/2009; 10(2):71-9. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150254
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    ABSTRACT: The uncoupling of Ca2+ transport from ATP hydrolysis in the sarcoplasmic reticulum (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-ATPase by trypsin digestion was re-investigated by comparing ATPase activity with the ability of the enzyme to occlude Eu3+ (a transport parameter) after various tryptic digests. With this method, re-examination of uncoupling by tryptic digest of the ATPase revealed that TD2 cleavage (Arg-198) had no effect on either occlusion or ATPase activity. Digestion past TD2 in the presence of 5 mM Ca2+ and at 25 degrees C resulted in the loss of about 70% of the ATPase activity, but no loss of occlusion. Digestion past TD2 in the presence of 5 mM Ca2+, 3 mM ATP, and at 25 degrees C resulted in a partially uncoupled enzyme complex which retained about 50% of the ATPase activity, but completely lost the ability to occlude Eu3+. Digest past TD2 in the presence of 5 mM Ca2+ and 3 mM AMP-PNP (a non-hydrolyzable ATP analog) at 25 degrees C resulted in no loss of occlusion, thus revealing the absolute requirement of ATP during the digest to eliminate occlusion. From these findings we conclude that uncoupling of Ca2+ transport from ATPase activity is possible by tryptic digestion of the (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-ATPase. Interestingly, only after phosphorylation of the enzyme do the susceptible bond(s) which lead to the loss of occlusion become exposed to trypsin.
    Membrane biochemistry 07/2009; 10(4):191-201.
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    ABSTRACT: Human placenta was used to investigate the effects of chronic methadone use during pregnancy on villus tissue opioid receptors. Patients included in this investigation received 35-60 mg methadone per day. Methadone-exposed placenta villus tissue had no detectable opioid receptor binding sites measured by tritiated opioid agonists. In vitro release of acetylcholine and hCG from trophoblast tissue of methadone-exposed placentas was not modulated by opioids. Absence of opioid receptor binding sites and their two mediated responses in trophoblast tissue of placentas obtained from patients with documented chronic methadone use during pregnancy indicate that the receptors were down regulated or desensitized.
    Membrane biochemistry 07/2009; 10(2):91-8. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150256
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    ABSTRACT: This investigation shows the effect of a Ca2+ addition on the structural and physicochemical properties of microvillus plasma membranes obtained from human placenta. Ca2+ addition induces an increase in microviscosity, as shown by the increase of order parameter and rotational correlation time of 5-and 16-doxylsterate derivatives and by the increase of fluorescence polarization of diphenylhexatriene. All the effects were obtained in a wide temperature range. The morphometric analysis of the ultrastructural images shows that the vesicle profiles of syncytiotrophoblast membranes decrease both area and form factor (FF) in the presence of Ca2+ with respect to the controls. The freeze-fracture results also show that Ca2+ induces an enhanced tendency to IMP clusterization. The Ca2+-induced changes were observed in both E and P faces. Our results underline the important role of Ca2+ in the cell membrane structure per se and in modulating interactions between cytoplasmic and extracellular microenvironments. The results of morphometric analysis of the ultrastructural images agree with biochemical data showing an increased stability induced by calcium on plasma membranes.
    Membrane biochemistry 07/2009; 7(4):193-206.
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    ABSTRACT: Cholinephosphotransferase (CPT) and ethanolaminephosphotransferase (EPT) are the enzymes catalyzing the last step of the de novo pathway for phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylethanolamine synthesis, respectively. A major limitation for the complete characterization of the reactions catalyzed by the two enzymes derives from their poor stability in detergent-containing buffers. CPT is heavily inactivated, when native membranes are solubilized using a series of detergents, whereas EPT activity is better preserved during solubilization. An investigation of the factors which could play a role in preserving both enzymes from inactivation was carried out. The dramatic loss of enzymatic activities occurring upon dilution of solubilized membranes with detergent-containing buffers can be reduced by supplementing the dilution medium with phospholipids. The addition of Mn2+ ions to the dispersion buffer increases the stability of both enzymes. The procedure previously described for solubilizing EPT from rat brain microsomes has been modified on the basis of this evidence. Microsomes were solubilized in buffered detergent solutions containing Mn2+ ions and both CPT and EPT were partially purified in their active form by anion-exchange chromatography.
    Membrane biochemistry 07/2009; 10(1):43-52. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150251
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    ABSTRACT: N-(4'-pyridoxyl)sphingosine was synthesized and characterized as a stable compound for specialized delivery of a bioactive lipid. It was found to be facilely taken up by hepatocytes although by a mechanism more typical for lipids than the one used by natural vitamin B6. Some of the N-(4'-pyridoxyl)sphingosine was metabolically acted upon inside the cell to release pyridoxal 5'-phosphate and sphingosine, but formation of pyridoxal 5'-phosphate from the synthetic compound was poor compared with natural vitamin forms of B6, which may partly be due to entrapment within cell membranes and to constraints at the level of cytosolic pyridoxal kinase which is responsible for phosphorylation of the vitamin. Unlike the parent long-chain base, the B6 conjugate was not particularly cytotoxic. Furthermore, the compound was neither an activator nor inhibitor of the respiratory burst of human neutrophils. These findings identify N-(4'-pyridoxyl)sphingosine as an interesting tool for studies of the cellular transport, metabolism, and functions of both vitamin B6 and sphingosine.
    Membrane biochemistry 07/2009; 10(1):53-9. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150252
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    ABSTRACT: We have used 6-dodecanoil-2-dimethylaminonaphtalene (Laurdan) to study the membrane fluidity of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) during virus activation at acidic pH 5.8). The fluorescence properties of Laurdan provide a unique possibility to study lipid organization because of the different excitation and emission spectra of this probe in the gel and liquid crystalline phase. Acidification to pH 5.8 (the pH which triggers VSV fusion with target membranes) generates a decrease in VSV membrane fluidity that could be reversed perfectly after neutralization. We conclude that lipid reorganization of the VSV membrane in the endocytic vesicles is needed for virus activation.
    Membrane biochemistry 10/1993; 10(4):203-12. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150268
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    ABSTRACT: Microsomal sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) fractions from lobster skeletal muscle were found to bind [3H]-ryanodine. [3H]-ryanodine binding was enhanced by AMP, Ca2+ and caffeine, and significantly diminished by ATP, Ba2+ and Sr2+. Furthermore, dantrolene and ruthenium red, two classical inhibitors of Ca2+ release from the SR, blocked [3H]-ryanodine binding. Similarly, tetracaine, known to block the charge movement associated with excitation-contraction coupling in vertebrate muscle, inhibited the binding of the alkaloid. Our lobster SR preparation exhibited a single high-affinity ryanodine binding site (Kd = 6.6 nM, Bmax = 10 pmol/mg protein). Since SDS-PAGE of the SR proteins revealed a major band c. 565 kDa which comigrated with the putative ryanodine receptor from both rat and chicken skeletal muscle, we concluded that lobster skeletal muscle is equipped with the 565 kDa ryanodine receptor. Finally, incorporation of the SR microsomal fraction from lobster into planar bilayer membranes revealed the presence of a ryanodine-sensitive Ca2+ channel activity (160 pS in symmetrical 200 mM CsCl solutions). We concluded that both the crustacean and vertebrate skeletal muscle ryanodine receptor share the relevant properties such as molecular weight and affinity for ryanodine and inositol 1,4,5 triphosphate. However, there are important differences between the two receptors including differential effects of the alkaloid on the Ca2+ release channel and modulation of the receptor by nucleotides.
    Membrane biochemistry 10/1993; 10(4):221-35. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150270
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    ABSTRACT: Previous work in our laboratories has shown that, amongst other effects, irradiation of frog skin with low intensity ultrasound causes reductions in the chemical driving force of the short-circuit current. This indicated that either the Na/K dependent ATPase or ATP availability were being reduced. We measured the effect of ultrasound irradiation on ATP and NA/K-dependent ATPase from inverted erythrocyte ghosts and on firefly luciferin and luciferase activity. Our findings demonstrate that ultrasonic cavitation-induced sonochemical reactions were responsible for irreversible inactivation of luciferase and ATPase but had little or no effect on ATP and luciferin. We measured the levels of hydrogen peroxide generated by ultrasound under the conditions of our experiments and found that it could account for only part of the enzyme inactivation observed. Free radical scavengers/antioxidants were capable of fully protecting the enzymes from ultrasound-induced inactivation. These findings demonstrate that, in addition to hydrogen peroxide, free radicals generated by ultrasound are responsible for the effects.
    Membrane biochemistry 10/1993; 10(4):213-20. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150269
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    ABSTRACT: Ultrasound has been used in physical therapy for > 4 decades. Recent studies indicate that non-thermal mechanisms such as cavitation are involved in the observed effects. Free radicals and other highly reactive compounds are known to form during sonochemical reactions associated with acoustic cavitation. Using frog skin as a biological model, the possibility that the increase in ionic conductance (Gt) upon exposure to therapeutic ultrasound is due to the effect of free radicals generated by sonochemical reactions, was investigated. It was found that the presence of cystamine, cysteamine and sodium ascorbate significantly reduced the increase in conductance caused by the exposure to 300 mW/cm2 (1 MHz CW) therapeutic ultrasound. The attenuation in the effects was dependent on the concentration of the radical scavengers/antioxidants used, the incubation time, and the intensity of ultrasound. The effects were also dependent on the lipid solubility of free radical scavengers/antioxidants. The time constant for the recovery process of Gt in the presence of free radical scavengers and antioxidants after exposure to ultrasound was found to be not significantly different from control. These results suggest that the increase in Gt due to ultrasound is induced by free radicals and other reactive species generated from acoustic cavitation. This study provides an indirect evidence to the contingent that free radicals are generated and act inside the cells. Furthermore, the radical scavengers and antioxidants used provide protection from oxidative damage without being involved in the recovery of Gt towards steady state values after sonication.
    Membrane biochemistry 10/1993; 10(4):237-47. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150271
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    ABSTRACT: The solubilization of multilamellar liposomes by metoprolol tartrate (MPL) has been studied as a function of pH, [MPL], [dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC)], temperature and lipid composition. The solubilization of liposomes at 37 degrees C by 7.3 nM MPL occurred at different rates at different pH values. MPL completely solubilized by 7.2 mM DMPC liposomes after about 17 h at pH 12, but only a partial solubilization occurred at pH 10 and 11. Between pH 7 and 9 no change in turbidity was observed after 1 week. Addition of cholesterol (CHOL) to DMPC (2:1 mol) had very little effect on solubilization after 24 h, however with DMPC:CHOL (5:1 mol) the decrease in turbidity was observed after 24 h, even though solubilization was much less compared with that of DMPC alone. The rate of solubilization was decreased when dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine liposomes were employed. Addition of dicetylphosphate (DCP) to DMPC liposomes reduced the rate of solubilization significantly. The solubilization of liposomes by 7.3 mM MPL as a function of [DMPC], indicated that the lower the liposome concentration the greater the effect on solubilization. It is concluded that MPL in the non-ionized form has a solubilizing effect on liposomes, and addition of CHOL or DCP to DMPC has a stabilizing effect against solubilization.
    Membrane biochemistry 07/1993; 10(3):145-54. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150261
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    ABSTRACT: The addition of fMet-Leu-Phe or phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate to human neutrophils stimulates phospholipase D activity as evidenced by the release of phosphatidic acid and the generation of diacylglycerol, and in the presence of ethanol the formation of phosphatidyl ethanol. The activation of phospholipase D by either the chemotactic factor or active phorbol ester is inhibited by the tyrosine kinase inhibitor erbstatin. The fMet-Leu-Phe-induced stimulation of this enzyme is greatly potentiated in cells which have been preincubated with low concentrations of lipopolysaccharide and serum. The presence of serum is essential for the potentiation by low concentrations of lipopolysaccharide. Moreover, the monoclonal antibody MY4(IgG2b) against CD14 inhibits the potentiation by the low concentration of lipopolysaccharide. These data suggest three important points. First, a tyrosine kinase step is necessary for the activation of phospholipase D. This suggests that the phospholipase D enzyme needs to be phosphorylated on tyrosine residues to be activated. Second, low concentrations of lipopolysaccharide, in the presence of serum, can potentiate the stimulated activity of this enzyme. Third, the priming action of the lipopolysaccharide-serum complex is mediated by CD14.
    Membrane biochemistry 04/1993; 10(2):81-9. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150255
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study lactose permease mutants were isolated which recognize the monosaccharide, L-arabinose. Although the wild-type permease exhibits a poor recognition for L-arabinose, seven independent mutants were identified by their ability to grow on L-arabinose minimal plates. When subjected to DNA sequencing, it was found that all seven of these mutants were single-site mutations in which alanine 177 was changed to valine. The wild type and valine 177 mutant were then analyzed with regard to their abilities to recognize and transport monosaccharides and disaccharides. Free L-arabinose was shown to competitively inhibit [14C]-lactose transport yielding a Ki value of 121 mM for the Val177 mutant and a much higher value of 320 mM for the wild-type. Among several monosaccharides, D-glucose as well as L-arabinose inhibited lactose transport in the Val177 mutant to a significantly greater extent, while D-arabinose and D-xylose only caused a slight inhibition. On the other hand, kinetic studies with sugars which are normally recognized by the wild-type permease such as [14C]-galactose and [14C]-lactose revealed that the Val177 mutant and wild-type strains had similar transport characteristics for these two sugars. Overall, these results are consistent with the notion that the Val177 substitution causes an enhanced recognition for particular sugars (i.e. L-arabinose) but does not universally affect the recognition and unidirectional transport for all sugars. This idea is further supported by the observation that site-directed mutants containing isoleucine, leucine, phenylalanine, or proline at position 177 also were found to possess an enhanced recognition for L-arabinose.
    Membrane biochemistry 01/1993; 10(1):61-70. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150253
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    ABSTRACT: Synthesis of gap junction proteins (GJPs) and of collagenases in the rat uterus has been studied under two physiological conditions: various stages of the estrus cycle, and the early pregnancy period. The synthesis has been studied by incubating uterine horns in a short-term tissue culture medium containing radioactively-labeled amino acids, followed by a double antibody immunoprecipitation of the labeled proteins. After exposure of the media to either anti-collagenase IgG(s) or anti-GJPs IgG(s), the final immunoprecipitation was achieved with the use of goat anti-rabbit IgG. Collagenase(s) synthesis was found to reach the peak, during the estrus cycle, at the proestrus stage, while GJP synthesis reached the maximum during the estrus stage. In the preimplantation, pregnant, rat uterus the syntheses of both the proteins reached the respective peak activities on day 4 of pregnancy, about 24 h before the expected time of ovum implantation. A study of the literature reveals that this time coincides with a spurt in exposure of the progesterone dominated uterus to estradiol.
    Membrane biochemistry 01/1993; 10(3):163-9. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150263
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    ABSTRACT: This study examines the Ca2+ permeability of basolateral plasma membrane vesicles (BLMVs) isolated from the rat parotid gland by monitoring the rate of 45Ca2+ efflux from actively-loaded (via the Ca(2+)-ATPase) inside-out BLMVs. Ca2+ efflux from BLMVs into a K(+)-gluconate medium which hyperpolarizes the cytoplasmic side (i.e. outside) of the inside-out BLMVs resulted in a faster rate of Ca2+ efflux compared with a control medium containing N-methyl-D-glucamine (NMDG)-gluconate. Conversely, Ca2+ efflux into a medium which depolarizes the cytoplasmic side of the BLMVs (NMDG-chloride) resulted in slower rates of efflux compared with those observed with the control medium. This increased rate of 45Ca2+ efflux from the hyperpolarized BLMV was inhibited by 1 mM Ni2+, yielding a rate of efflux similar to the rate observed in depolarized BLMVs. The rate of Ca2+ efflux from BLMVs was affected by [Ca2+]o ([Ca2+] on the extravesicular, cytoplasmic side of the vesicle). When [Ca2+]o was kept > 200 nM during efflux, the rate of Ca2+ efflux from both hyper- and depolarized BLMVs was slow and relatively unresponsive to changes in [Ca2+]o, despite sizeable changes in the Ca2+ gradient across the BLMV. However, when [Ca2+]o was lowered < 200 nM, there was an abrupt increase in the rate of Ca2+ efflux from both hyper- and depolarized BLMVs. Additionally, when [Ca2+] was < 200 nM, the rate of Ca2+ efflux appeared to be more sensitive to driving force changes. These data suggest that Ca2+ permeability across the rat parotid gland basolateral plasma membrane is modulated by membrane potential and [Ca2+] on the cytoplasmic side.
    Membrane biochemistry 01/1993; 10(3):171-9.
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    ABSTRACT: To study the role of the target membrane in influenza virus fusion we chose erythrocyte membranes whose phospholipid arrangement can readily be modified. The phospholipids of normal erythrocytes are arranged asymmetrically across the plasma membrane; phosphatidylcholine (PC) and sphingomyelin are predominantly on the outer surface, whereas others such as phosphatidylserine (PS) and phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) are predominantly restricted to the inner leaflet. However, erythrocytes can be lyzed and resealed under conditions where the asymmetric distribution of phospholipids is lost or retained. Low pH-induced fusion of the A/PR 8 strain of influenza virus, monitored spectrofluorometrically by the octadecylrhodamine dequenching assay, was more rapid with lipid-symmetric erythrocyte ghosts than with lipid-asymmetric ghosts or intact erythrocytes. Neither conversion of PS in the lipid-symmetric ghost membrane to PE by means of the enzyme PS decarboxylaze, nor incorporation of spin-labeled phospholipid analogs with PS, PC or PE headgroups into the outer leaflet of lipid-asymmetric erythrocytes altered rates or extents of fusion of A/PR 8 with the modified target. These results indicate that effects on influenza virus fusion are not associated with any particular phospholipid headgroup, but rather related to the packing characteristics of the target membrane.
    Membrane biochemistry 01/1993; 10(1):3-15. DOI:10.3109/09687689309150248