PMID: 938640Jun 8, 1976Paper

Importance of the flux of phosphate across the inner membrane of kidney mitochondria for the activation of glutaminase and the transport of glutamine

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
Z Kovacević


The effect of mersalyl, an inhibitor of phosphate transport across the inner mitochondrial membrane, was investigated on the uncoupled respiration of pig kidney mitochondria in the presence of glutamine as substrate and on the activity of the phosphate-dependent glutaminase in the intact organelles. In addition, the submitochondrial location of the enzyme was reinvestigated. (1) It was found that mersalyl completely inhibits uncoupled respiration of the mitochondria in the presence of glutamine as substrate, whereas respiration with glutamate was not affected. The same amount of mersalyl which inhibits coupled oxidation of glutamine also inhibits coupled oxidation of glutamate and some other substrates. (2) Mersalyl strongly inhibited the activation of glutaminase in intact mitochondria only in the presence of inhibitiors of electron transport or of an uncoupler. The addition of a detergent prevented or fully released the inhibition. The effect of mersalyl was observed even when the mitochondria were pre-incubated with phosphate or incubated in the phosphate-free medium. If mersalyl and carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP) were added 3 min after pre-incubation with phosphate the same intramitochondrial concentration ...Continue Reading


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