alexa Uptake of [3H]ouabain from the cell surface into the lysosomal compartment of HeLa cells.
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Journal of Hypertension: Open Access

Author(s): Cook JS, Tate EH, Shaffer C

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Abstract [3H]Ouabain specifically bound at sublethal concentrations to Na,K-ATPase on the surface of HeLa cells is taken up (internalized) by the cells at a rate of three membrane equivalents of labeled sites per generation. Immediately following a pulse label with the glycoside, codistribution of radioactivity with the surface marker 5'-nucleotidase is found in both conventional sucrose-gradient fractionation and in fractionation following a digitonin treatment. At appropriate concentrations digitonin increases the buoyant density of the HeLa surface membrane and solubilizes the lysosomal marker beta-hexosaminidase (Tulkens et al., 1974). After internalization, [3H]ouabain is also solubilized by digitonin. A shear analysis is described which shows internalized ouabain and beta-hexosaminidase to be codistributed in a particulate fraction that is homogeneous with respect to shear; extrapolation to zero-shear shows that little or none of either marker is found in the soluble fraction of the cytosol. Both markers are coreleased from the particulate fraction by osmotic shock. Although internalized ouabain is subsequently released from these cells with a half-time of about 70 hr, apparently by exocytosis, the shear sensitivity of the remaining cell-associated ouabain does not change for up to 72 hr. Thus ouabain (together with Na,K-ATPase?) appears to be taken up from the surface into a lysosomal compartment and, by at least one criterion, this compartment does not change its physical properties with time, i.e., does not "age." This article was published in J Cell Physiol and referenced in Journal of Hypertension: Open Access

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