Molecular Cell Biology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Using a rapid method of preparation, spectrin has been isolated from human erythrocytes and its ATPase activity investigated. The ATPase activity with calcium has two distinct components, -one with optimal activity when calcium and ATP are of equal concentration (low-Ca-ATPase) and another which is activated above 1 mM CaCl2 and is maximal at 100 mM CaCl2. There is also a Mg-ATPase with maximal activity at 10 mM MgCl2. The high-Ca-ATPase of spectrin, but not the low-Ca-ATPase, is inhibited by magnesium, while the Mg-ATPase is inhibited by Ca in excess of ATP. None of these activities exhibits the calcium-stimulated magnesium-dependent activity characteristic of the red cell calcium pump.
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