Feb 11, 1977

A comparative study of alkaline phosphatase in calcifying cartilage, odontoblasts and the enamel organ

Calcified Tissue Research
G Granström, A Linde


The enzyme alkaline phosphatase (AP) (EC in three different calcification areas was studied by means of a spectrophotometric micro method using p-nitrophenylphosphate as a substrate. Rat maxillary incisor odontoblasts and enamel organ from the zones of matrix formation and maturation and tissue from rabbit metatarsal cartilage were allowed to react with the substrate in glycine-NaOH buffer at room temperature. The reaction was found to be linear for a minimum of 20 min. The pH optima for AP from these tissues were in the pH range of 10.0-10.3. In order to compare AP from the four calcification areas different parameters were studied. Heating at 56 degrees C or 60 degrees C for varying times revealed that the enzymes were almost completely inactivated after 10 min. Mg2+ ions activated the enzymes by about 25% at concentrations of 2.5 mM (enamel organ 1.25 mM); while only higher concentrations of Mg2+ had an inactivating effect, Ca2+ and PO3-4 ions were inactivating at varying concentrations. F- ions showed no effect on AP activity at concentrations below 250 mM (enamel organ 125 mM) but caused inactivation of the enzymes at about 50% at 1 M. EDTA was found to be a very effective AP inactivator at concentrations above 0....Continue Reading

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Establishment and Maintenance of Localization
Enzymes, antithrombotic
Enamel Organ
Alkaline Phosphatase Measurement
Hot Temperature
MUC7 gene
Biologic Development
Alkaline Phosphatase
Glycine (Plant)

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