Ca2+ handling properties of microsomal subfractions of rat vas deferens smooth muscle
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The rat vas deferens smooth muscle microsomes on isopycnic centrifugation gave two fractions, namely F2 (15-30% sucrose) and F3 (30-40% sucrose), with comparable ATP-dependent azide-insensitive Ca2+-uptake capacities, although these fractions differed from each other in various enzyme marker activities. The fractions F2 and F3 also show similar pH profiles for the ATP-independent and ATP-dependent Ca2+ uptake, and similar ionized Ca2+-concentration dependence for the ATP-dependent Ca2+ uptake. However, the fractions F2 and F3 differ from each other in that: (a) F3 shows higher permeability to Ca2+, and (b) F3 shows higher stimulation of the ATP-dependent Ca2+ uptake by oxalate. The F3 fraction can also be used to obtain membrane vesicles loaded with Ca2+ oxalate in the presence of ATP. However, the yield of the Ca2+ oxalate enriched fraction is too low to permit their further characterization.
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