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Biochimica et biophysica acta

Alternative cycling modes of the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase in the presence of either Na(+) or Rb(+).


PMID 23357355

Abstract

A comprehensive study of the interaction between Na(+) and K(+) with the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase requires dissecting the incidence of alternative cycling modes on activity measurements in which one or both of these cations are absent. With this aim, we used membrane fragments containing pig-kidney Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase to perform measurements, at 25°C and pH=7.4, of ATPase activity and steady-state levels of (i) intermediates containing occluded Rb(+) at different [Rb(+)] in media lacking Na(+), and (ii) phosphorylated intermediates at different [Na(+)] in media lacking Rb(+). Most relevant results are: (1) Rb(+) can be occluded through an ATPasic cycling mode that takes place in the absence of Na(+) ions, (2) the kinetic behavior of the phosphoenzyme formed by ATP in the absence of Na(+) is different from the one that is formed with Na(+), and (3) binding of Na(+) to transport sites during catalysis is not at random unless rapid equilibrium holds.

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