Estimates of Na+–K+ pumping in intact canine iliac arteries Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Estimates of Na+ pumping capacity were made using Na+-loaded canine iliac arteries. Ouabain-sensitive uptake of 204Tl or 86Rb was used to measure near-maximal pump rates and [3H]ouabain binding to measure the number of pump sites. Compared with Rb+, Tl+ had the higher affinity for the pump and showed better signal-to-noise characteristics. Maximal uptakes were 0.545 mumol . g-1 . min-1 for Rb+ and 0.40 mumol . g-1 . min-1 for Tl+. Specific ouabain binding (Kd: 28.62 +/- 0.58 nM) was inhibited by external K+, Tl+, and Rb+ and a maximal binding of 51.6 pmol/g wet weight translated into 3.2 X 10(13) sites per gram wet weight. Using these values, the maximal values of K+ transported per pump site per minute lie between 7752 and 10562. If each activation of the pump moves 2K+, the turnover rates could lie between 3876 and 5281 per minute.

publication date

  • February 1985