Author(s): Folk P, Struneck A
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Abstract Changes in extracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]) were observed to affect 32Pi incorporation into polyphosphoinositides (PPI) and phosphatidic acid (PA) of human erythrocytes. A decrease of extracellular [Ca2+] from 1.5 mmol/l to 0.04 mumol/l increased the specific radioactivity (S.A.) of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate to 182\% and that of phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate to 120\% of controls. Simultaneously S.A. and concentration of PA decreased. Further decrease of the extracellular [Ca2+] from 0.04 mumol/l to lower values as well as depletion of intracellular Ca2+ using ionophore A 23187 in Ca2(+)-free medium did not accelerate the PPI turnover rates any more. None of the above changes in extracellular [Ca2+] had any effect on the phosphorylation pattern of erythrocyte membrane proteins. Isolated erythrocyte membranes were incubated in the presence of [gamma-32P]ATP in media with various [Ca2+]. The decrease of [Ca2+] from 0.04 mumol/l (physiological concentration inside the cell) to lower values did not influence the turnover of PPI and PA monoester phosphates. Only after [Ca2+] was increased to 1-5 mumol/l an increase of PPI and PA turnover was observed. Our data suggest that the changes in extracellular [Ca2+] affect the metabolism of PPI and PA (despite the intracellular location of the latter) and may thus influence the properties of red cell plasma membrane.
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