A rapid method of preparing the plasma membrane enriched fraction of the bovine retinal pigment epithelial cells.

Chi Ho To, S. A. Hodson

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To devise a rapid method of isolating the plasma membrane enriched fraction (PMEF) of the bovine retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells with Percoll centrifugation medium. METHODS: The bovine RPE was homogenised with a tight fit Dounce homogeniser and centrifuged in a 16.7% Percoll gradient for 20 minutes. The RPE particulate fractions were characterised in terms of their protein concentrations, Na/K-ATPase and bicarbonate stimulated ATPase activities. RESULTS: The total protein recovery was 88.7% of the RPE homogenate. The nucleus layer was identified at the first band. The mitochondrial fraction was at the second layer according to its bicarbonate stimulated ATPase activity. The 3rd and 4th bands were enriched with plasma membranes and their Na/K-ATPase activities were 31.5 and 34.6 mumol/mg/h respectively. The Na/K-ATPase activities were about six times that of the RPE homogenate. CONCLUSIONS: A rapid method of isolating the bovine RPE PMEF has been devised which involved a single centrifugation procedure in a Percoll gradient.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-28
Number of pages7
JournalYan ke xue bao = Eye science / "Yan ke xue bao" bian ji bu
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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