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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1987 Nov 30;149(1):40-5.

Estimation of intramitochondrial pCa and pH by fura-2 and 2,7 biscarboxyethyl-5(6)-carboxyfluorescein (BCECF) fluorescence.

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Department of Physiological Chemistry, Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus 43210.


Isolated heart mitochondria hydrolyze the acetoxymethyl esters of the Ca2+-sensitive fluorescent probe fura-2 and the fluorescent pH indicator biscarboxyethyl-5(6)-carboxyfluorescein (BCECF). The free acid forms of both probes are retained in the matrix and their fluorescence can be used to monitor the pCa and pH, respectively, of this compartment. When fura-2 loaded rat heart myocytes are lysed with digitonin, a portion of the dye is retained in the mitochondrial fraction and its fluorescence reports the uptake and release of Ca2+ by the mitochondria. It is concluded that fura-2 and BCECF may report mitochondrial as well as cytosol parameters when the probes are used in intact cells.

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