Ca2+ translocation in Ehrlich ascites tumor cells


Ca2+ uptake into Ehrlich ascites tumor cells was studied at 0°C in the presence of mitochondrial inhibitors, conditions that minimized complications caused by sequestration of Ca2+ into organelles or by excretion. Under these conditions Ruthenium Red inhibited Ca2+ uptake, but other previously implicated ions, such as Pi or Mg2+, had no effect. Valinomycin either inhibited or slightly stimulated Ca2+ uptake depending on the presence of excess K+ on the outside or inside of the cell, respectively. Nigericin inhibited Ca2+ transport. Based on these data we propose an electrogenic uptake of Ca2+, possibly via a Ca2+/H+ antiport mechanism. The observation that glucose inhibited Ca2+ uptake suggested that in Ehrlich ascites tumor cells an energy-driven Ca2+ expulsion mechanism is operative, similar to that in erythrocytes. Plasma membrane preparations of ascites tumor cells were found to contain a Ca2+-dependent ATPase. These preparations, when incorporated into liposomes in an inside-out orientation, catalyzed an ATP-dependent uptake of Ca2+.

DOI: 10.1007/BF01868989

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@article{Hinnen1979Ca2TI, title={Ca2+ translocation in Ehrlich ascites tumor cells}, author={Robert Hinnen and Hiroya Miyamoto and Efraim Racker}, journal={The Journal of Membrane Biology}, year={1979}, volume={49}, pages={309-324} }