PMID: 36147May 17, 1979

Unmasking of a potassium leak in resealed human red blood cell ghosts

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
P G Wood, U Rossleben


A selective potassium leak is observed in resealed, human red blood cell ghosts when hemolysis is performed with distilled water at pH 6.5, 0 degrees C. The leak, which has a maximum near pH 6.7, is suppressed when either magnesium or a chelating agent is present in the hemolysing medium. The potassium leak has the additional property that it can be suppressed after resealing by washing the ghost membranes in a medium containing a low concentration of ATP or EDTA. The data suggest that through the dilution of endogenous chelating agents at hemolysis a potassium leak may be unmasked.


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