Na/K-ATPase as an Oligomeric Ensemble

  title={Na/K-ATPase as an Oligomeric Ensemble},
  author={Alexander A. Boldyrev},
  journal={Biochemistry (Moscow)},
Differences in the kinetic behavior and properties of monomeric and oligomeric forms of membrane-bound Na/K-ATPase are analyzed. It is concluded that enzyme molecules within oligomeric complexes are affected by extrinsic signals that result in change of enzyme activity, whereas the individual (protomeric) state is insensitive to these signals. Some of the major factors of such regulation are microviscosity of the lipid environment, reactive oxygen species, and intracellular protein kinases.