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J Histochem Cytochem. 1990 Sep;38(9):1267-75.

Immunocytochemical localization of Na+,K(+)-ATPase in rat retinal pigment epithelial cells.

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  • 1Department of Physiology, Kansai Medical University, Osaka, Japan.

Abstract

We investigated quantitatively the ultrastructural localization of the alpha-subunit of Na+,K(+)-ATPase in rat retinal pigment epithelial cells by the protein A-gold technique, using an affinity-purified antibody against the alpha-subunit of rat kidney Na+,K(+)-ATPase. Immunoblot analysis showed that the antibody bound specifically to the alpha- and alpha(+)-subunits of Na+,K(+)-ATPase in the whole retina [the sensory retina plus retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)]. Rat eyes were fixed by perfusion with 4% paraformaldehyde containing 1% glutaraldehyde and embedded in Lowicryl K4M. Ultra-thin sections were incubated with affinity-purified antibody against the alpha-subunit of rat kidney Na+,K(+)-ATPase and subsequently with protein A-gold complex. Light microscopy with a silver enhancement procedure revealed Na+,K(+)-ATPase localized to both the apical and the basal plasma membrane domains of the RPE. Quantitative immunocytochemical analysis by electron microscopy showed a higher density of gold particles on the apical surface than on the basolateral one. Microvilli are so well developed on the apical surface of the RPE that the apical surface profile is much longer than the basolateral one. This means that Na+,K(+)-ATPase is mainly located on the apical surface of the RPE cells.

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