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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1988 Oct 31;156(2):796-800.

Ouabain sensitivity of the alpha 3 isozyme of rat Na,K-ATPase.

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Neurosurgical Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 02114.


The Na,K-ATPase of rat brainstem axolemma membranes contains two isozymes of its catalytic subunit, alpha 2 and alpha 3. To isolate the alpha 3 isozyme functionally, purified axolemma Na,K-ATPase was treated with trypsin. Immunoblot analysis of trypsin-treated Na,K-ATPase using isozyme-specific antibodies showed that alpha 3 was significantly more resistant to digestion than alpha 2. The trypsin-resistant alpha 3 isozyme fraction, devoid of alpha 2, contained 50-60% of the ATPase activity, and was inhibited by ouabain half-maximally at 0.13 microM. This indicates that the alpha 3 Na,K-ATPase isozyme has a high sensitivity to cardiac glycosides.

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