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Biochemistry. 1986 Apr 8;25(7):1535-8.

p-(Chloromercuri)benzenesulfonate binding by membrane proteins and the inhibition of water transport in human erythrocytes.


The binding of [203Hg]-p-(chloromercuri)benzenesulfonate to the membrane proteins of human erythrocytes and erythrocyte ghosts was examined under conditions where binding to the bulk of membrane sulfhydryl groups was blocked by N-ethylmaleimide. Binding was essentially complete within 90 min when approximately 40 nmol was bound per milligram of membrane protein. This binding was correlated with the inhibition of water transport measured by an NMR technique. Maximal inhibition was observed with the binding of approximately 10 nmol of p-(chloromercuri)benzenesulfonate/mg of membrane protein. Under these conditions, both band 3 and band 4.5 bound 1 mol of inhibitor/mol of protein. In contrast to previous experiments, these results indicate that band 4.5 proteins as well as band 3 have to be considered as playing a role in water transport.

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