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Biochem J. 1984 May 15;220(1):301-7.

Influence of phosphatidylserine on (Na+ + K+)-stimulated ATPase and acetylcholinesterase activities of dog brain synaptosomal plasma membranes.


Phosphatidylserine (PtdSer) incubated with synaptosomal plasma membranes (SPM) of dog brain is incorporated into SPM in proportion to its concentration in the incubation medium. Low PtdSer concentrations progressively activated the SPM-associated (Na+ + K+)-stimulated ATPase and acetylcholinesterase. Increasing the PtdSer concentration above that which maximally stimulated the enzyme activities effected a progressive inhibition with respect to maximal stimulation. Arrhenius plots of (Na+ + K+ + Mg2+)-dependent ATPase and 5'-nucleotidase revealed a clear break at 23-24 degrees C for both enzymes in SPM untreated with PtdSer (controls), whereas a linear relation was obtained for SPM treated with PtdSer. Changes in the allosteric properties of (Na+ + K+)-stimulated ATPase by fluoride (F-) and/or of 5'-nucleotidase by concanavalin A (i.e. changes of Hill coefficients) indicate that PtdSer increases the membrane fluidity. These results suggest that modifications of lipid-protein interactions in SPM induced by PtdSer may have implications in the physiological processes in the central nervous system.

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