Presence of a Ca2+-Sensitive CDPdiglyceride-Inositol Transferase in Canine Cardiac Sarcoplasmic Reticulum

Chinnaswamv Kasinathan, Madeleine A. Kirchberger

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Sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) and plasma membranes from canine left ventricle were used to evaluate the presence of the enzyme CDPdiglyceride-inositol transferase in these membranes. (K+,-Ca2+)-ATPase activity, a marker for SR, was 79.2 ± 5.0 (SE) and 11.2 ± 2.0 μ SR and plasma membrane preparations, respectively, and (Na+,K+)-ATPase activity, a marker for plasma membranes, was 5.6 ± 1.2 and 99.2 ± 8.0 μ, respectively. Contamination of SR and plasma membrane preparations by mitochondria was estimated to be 2% and 8%, respectively, and by Golgi membranes, 0.9% and 1.8%, respectively. Transferase activity, measured at pH 6.8, was 1.32 ± 0.04 (SE) and 0.28 ± 0.04 nmol of [3H]phosphatidylinositol ([3H]PtdIns).mg-1.min-1in three SR and plasma membrane preparations, respectively. The transferase activity detected in the plasma membrane preparation could be accounted for largely, but not entirely, by contaminating SR membranes. The pH optimum for the SR transferase activity was between 8.0 and 9.0; little or no activity was detectable at pH 6.3 and 5.5, the lowest pH tested. Ca2+inhibited the enzyme, half-maximal inhibition occurring at about 10 μM Ca2+; removal of the Ca2+by addition of ethylene glycol bis(β-aminoethyl ethe)-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid restored activity. No loss of [3H]PtdIns could be detected when membranes were incubated in the presence or absence of Ca2+. The Ca2+inhibition of the transferase was noncompetitive with respect to CDP-dipalmitin while that with respect to myo-inositol was slightly noncompetitive at low [Ca2+] and became uncompetitive at higher [Ca2+]. A portion of the inhibition of the transferase by Ca2+could be accounted for by a competition between Mg2+and Ca2+. It is concluded that CDPdiglyceride-inositol transferase is present on SR membranes and is sensitive to micromolar Ca2+. The data are consistent with a putative role for the inhibition of the SR transferase by Ca2+and acidic pH in the protection of the SR against calcium overload in ischemic myocardium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2834-2839
Number of pages6
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry


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