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Pflugers Arch. 1990 Sep;417(1):120-2.

Cellular and segmental distribution of Ca2(+)-pump epitopes in rat intestine.

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Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, MN 55905.


We used a monoclonal antibody (5F10) specific for the human erythrocyte plasma membrane Ca(++)-pump to demonstrate the presence and distribution of Ca(++)-pump epitopes in rat intestine. In paraffin embedded tissue sections, antibody 5F10 binds to epitopes in the basolateral membranes of absorptive cells in rat duodenum and portions of jejunum but not ileum. Western blot analysis of intestinal mucosal proteins with antibody 5F10 shows binding of antibody to major bands of Mr approximately 135,000 and Mr approximately 72,000, and to lesser bands of Mr approximately 125,000 and Mr approximately 27,000. This pattern was seen in mucosal homogenates of rat duodenal and jejunal cells and to a lesser extent in ileal cells. The Mr approximately 135,000 band corresponds to the molecular weight of Ca(++)-pumps in other tissues. The other bands correspond in size to known proteolytic fragments of the Ca(++)-pump. Slot-blot analysis of nitrocellulose immobilized mucosal homogenates shows binding of 5F10 to be greatest in duodenum and least in ileum. Ca(++)-transport studies by the everted gut sac technique show a correlation between vitamin D induction of active Ca(++)-transport and the segmental distribution of Ca(++)-pump epitopes.

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