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The entrapment of the Ca indicator arsenazo III in the matrix space of rat liver mitochondria by permeabilization and resealing. Na-dependent and -independent effluxes of Ca in arsenazo III-loaded mitochondria

Al-Nasser, I; Crompton, M; (1986) The entrapment of the Ca indicator arsenazo III in the matrix space of rat liver mitochondria by permeabilization and resealing. Na-dependent and -independent effluxes of Ca in arsenazo III-loaded mitochondria. Biochemical Journal , 239 (1) 31 - 40.

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Abstract

The permeabilization-resealing technique has been applied to the entrapment of arsenazo III in the matrix compartment of rat liver mitochondria. The addition of 10 mM-arsenazo III to mitochondria permeabilized with Ca partially restores the inner-membrane potential (Δψ) and leads to the recovery of 3.9 nmol of arsenazo III/mg of protein in the matrix when the mitochondria are washed three times. The recovery of entrapped arsenazo III is decreased 2-fold by 4 mM-Mg, which also promotes repolarization. ATP with or without Mg decreased arsenazo III recovery. Under all conditions, less arsenazo III than [C]sucrose is entrapped, in particular in the presence of ATP. The amount of arsenazo III entrapped is proportional to the concentration of arsenazo III used as resealant, and is equally distributed between heavy and light mitochondria. Arsenazo III-loaded permeabilized and resealed (PR) mitochondria develop Δψ values of 141 ± 3 mV. PR mitochondria retain arsenazo III and [C]sucrose for more than 2 h at 0°C. At 25°C, and in the presence of Ruthenium Red, PR mitochondria lose arsenazo III and [C]sucrose at equal rates, but Ca efflux is more rapid; this indicates that Ca is released by an Na-independent carrier in addition to permeabilization. The Na/Ca carrier of PR mitochondria is partially (60%) inhibited by extramitochondrial free Ca stabilized with Ca buffers; maximal inhibition is attained with 2 μM free Ca. A similar inhibition occurs in normal mitochondria with 3.5 nmol of matrix Ca/mg of protein, but the inhibition is decreased by increased matrix Ca. The data suggest the presence of Ca regulatory sites on the Na/Ca carrier that change the affinity for matrix free Ca.

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Title:The entrapment of the Ca indicator arsenazo III in the matrix space of rat liver mitochondria by permeabilization and resealing. Na-dependent and -independent effluxes of Ca in arsenazo III-loaded mitochondria
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Biosciences (Division of)

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