Toshiaki Imagawa, Mariko Shida, Kaori Matsuzawa, Shunji Kaya and Kazuya
Biochemistry, Division of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0810, Japan
Abstract: To ascertain whether ouabain binding to human alpha1-subunit influences coexpression of rat alpha1-subunit, the ouabain-sensitive profiles of Na+,K+-ATPase activity and 86Rb+ uptake activity and ouabain binding capacity were measured in HeLa cells stably expressing rat alpha1-subunit. The ouabain-sensitive profile of ATPase and 86Rb+ uptake activity seemed to be the sum of two components, one with high and one with low apparent affinity to ouabain, which were similar to that observed in HeLa and NRK-52E cells derived from human and rat, respectively. The ATPase activity with low sensitivity to ouabain increased in simple proportion to the amount of the rat alpha1 mRNA derived from transfected cDNA, which was determined by the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction method. The turnover number of the human Na+,K+-ATPase activity obtained from the ratio of the Na+,K+-ATPase activity to the ouabain binding capacity is about 150/sec. The expression of the rat alpha1-subunit had no effect on the turnover numbers of the Na+,K+-ATPase activity with high affinity to ouabain estimated from the ouabain binding capacity as the active site concentration. These results suggested that the ouabain bound to human alpha1-subunit did not inhibit the ATPase activity of the coexpressing rat alpha1 in these cells.
Keywords: HeLa cell, Na+,K+-ATPase, Ouabain binding, Phosphorylation, Rb+ uptake