Gian Luigi Sottocasa

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Preparations of rat-liver mitochondria catalyze the oxidation of exogenous NADH by added cytochrome c or ferricyanide by a reaction that is insensitive to the respiratory chain inhibitors, antimycin A, amytal, and rotenone, and is not coupled to phosphorylation. Experiments with tritiated NADH are described which demonstrate that this "external" pathway of(More)
Preparations of rat-liver mitochondria catalyze the oxidation of exogenous NADH by added cytochrome c or ferricyanide by a reaction that is insensitive to the respiratory chain in-hibitors, antimycin A, amytal, and rotenone, and is not coupled to phosphorylation. Experiments with tritiated NADH are described which demonstrate that this "external" pathway of(More)
In the primary structure of bilitranslocase, currently under study in our laboratory, an aminoacid motif was identified and found to be conserved in a number of alpha-phycocyanines, ancient biliproteins present in cyanobacteria. To test the possibility that such a motif could be at least part of the binding site for bilirubin, epitope-specific antibodies(More)
The movement of sulfobromophthalein is measured in rat liver plasma-membrane vesicles by direct dual-wavelength spectrophotometry. The technique is based on the principle that the dye, when entering a more acidic compartment, changes its absorption in the visible region. From this study it may be concluded that, among the different cellular subfractions,(More)
This paper deals with the isolation and partial characterization of a protein capable of high affinity sulfobromophthalein-binding from liver plasma membrane. The purification involves acetone powder of a crude preparation of rat liver plasma membrane, salt extraction and purification through two chromatographic steps. Based on sulfobromophthalein binding,(More)
Both inactivation of sulfobromophthalein transport in rat liver plasma membrane vesicles by sulfhydryl group reagents and subsequent reactivation by 2-mercaptoethanol are shown to be modulated by ligands to bilitranslocase. In particular, bilirubin, sulfobromophthalein and Thymol blue behave as negative effectors in the inactivation reaction and as positive(More)
Sulfobromophthalein (BSP) electrogenic transport activity in a plasma membrane vesicle preparation from rat liver is shown to depend on free sulfhydryl groups. These are organized in two classes, one of which does not react with the sulfhydryl group reagent 5,5'-dithiobis(2-nitrobenzoate). The two classes appear to be involved in BSP transport(More)
Bilitranslocase is an organic anion carrier involved in bilirubin and phthalein uptake by the liver. In rat liver plasma membranes, its function is assayed by recording the electrogenic sulfobromophthalein movement. This has been found to be inhibited by both cysteine-specific and arginine-specific reagents. Inhibition is both partial and it occurs to the(More)