PMID: 7940575Jun 1, 1994Paper

Exposure of phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylinositol in plasma membranes from rat brain synaptosomes treated with phospholipase A2 toxins (beta-bungarotoxin, notexin) and enzymes (Naja nigricollis, Naja naja atra)

Toxicon : Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
R ShinaE Condrea


Phospholipase A2 (PLA2) toxins act presynaptically to block acetylcholine release and are much more potent and specific in their actions than PLA2 enzymes even though they have lower enzymatic activity. Since their mechanism of action is not completely understood, it was of interest to examine the toxins' effects on phospholipid asymmetry as changes in asymmetry are associated with changes in membrane functioning. Rat brain synaptosomes were treated with the PLA2 toxins beta-bungarotoxin (beta-BuTx) and notexin and with the PLA2 enzymes Naja nigricollis and Naja naja atra under relatively non-disruptive conditions as judged by leakage of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and levels of phospholipid hydrolysis. The exposure of phosphatidylcholine (PC) and phosphatidylinositol (PI) on the synaptosomal surface was investigated by means of a specific PC-exchange protein (PCEP) and a PI-specific phospholipase C (PI-PLC), respectively. Treatment of the synaptosomes with N. nigricollis PLA2, beta-BuTx and notexin did not affect the availability of PC to exchange by PCEP, but significantly increased the exposure of PI to hydrolysis by PI-PLC. In contrast, N. n. atra PLA2 slightly decreased the exposure of PC and did not affect that of PI. The...Continue Reading


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