Characterization of membrane calcium pumps by simultaneous immunoblotting and 32P radiography

B. Sarkadi, Ágnes Enyedi, J. T. Penniston, A. K. Verma, L. Dux, E. Molnár, G. Gárdos

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Calcium pumps of various plasma membrane, endoplasmic reticulum and sarcoplasmic reticulum preparations were visualized by simultaneous immunoblotting and autoradiography of the 32P-labelled phosphoenzymes. The pump proteins and their fragments produced by a proteolytic pretreatment of the membranes were selectively phosphorylated by [γ-32P]ATP, separated on an acidic SDS-polyacrylamide gel, blotted onto nitrocellulose and reacted with polyclonal antibodies raised against the purified human erythrocyte and rat skeletal muscle sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium pumps, respectively. The immuno-reaction was detected by peroxidase staining, while the phosphoproteins were shown by autoradiography of the same blot. An antibody against the erythrocyte calcium pump, reacting on the blot with the 140 kDa erythrocyte calcium pump and its 80 kDa proteolytic fragment, did not show a cross-reactioon with the calcium pump of similar molecular mass in rat synaptosome membranes or with any of the endoplasmic- or sarcoplasmic-type calcium pumps. An anti-sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium pump antibody cross reacted with several sarcoplasmic and endoplasmic calcium pump proteins and their proteolytic fragments but with none of the plasma membrane pumps. This sensitive double-labelling method can be applied to study structural relationships and molecular alterations in various ion pump proteins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-46
Number of pages7
JournalBBA - Biomembranes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 22 1988


  • (Human blood)
  • Calcium transport
  • Endoplasmic reticulum
  • Immunoblotting
  • Phosphoenzyme
  • Scarcoplasmic reticulum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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