May 1, 1975

Characterization of a specific transport system for arginine in isolated yeast vacuoles

European Journal of Biochemistry
T BollerA Wiemken


The transport of L-arginine was studied in isolated vacuoles of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A centrifugation method allowed rapid separation of the fragile vacuoles from the incubation media so that initial uptake rates of [14C]arginine could be measured. Labelled arginine added to the medium was accumulated in the isolated vacuoles; it was found to exchange specifically with the arginine already present in the vacuoles. Such an exchange did not take place in intact spheroplasts. The pH dependence of the arginine transport in the vacuoles was tested. As the vacuoles are unstable in the pH range of optimal transport activity (pH above 7.0), the pH optimum of the transport reaction could not be determined. From the temperature dependence, the apparent energy of activation was calculated to be 9800 cal/mol. Arginine transport shows saturation kinetics with an apparent Km of 30 muM in the isolated vacuoles, and of 1.5 muM in the spheroplasts. Competition experiments with amino acids and arginine analogues demonstrated that the arginine transport in both vacuoles and spheroplasts, is highly specific. The two systems, however, were shown to have distinct specificities. The inhibition of vacuolar L-arginine transport by D-arginine, L-hi...Continue Reading

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Arginine hydrochloride
Centrifugation, Density Gradient
L-arginine Transport
Saccharomyces cerevisiae allergenic extract
Structure-Activity Relationship
Amino Acids, I.V. solution additive
Molecular Transport

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