Solubilization and Characterization of Opioid Binding Sites from Frog (Rana esculenta) Brain

J. Simon, M. Szücs, S. Benyhe, A. Borsodi, P. Zeman, M. Wollemann

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Abstract: Active opioid receptors were solubilized from frog (Rana esculenta) brain membrane fractions by the use of 1% digitonin. It was found by kinetic as well as by equilibrium measurements that both the membrane and the solubilized fractions contain two binding sites. For the membrane preparations, KD values were 0.9 and 3.6 nM, and Bmax values were 293 and 734 fmol/mg protein. For the solubilized preparations, KD values were 0.4 and 2.6 nM, and Bmax values were 35 and 266 fmol/mg protein. The stereospecificity of the binding did not change during solubilization. Both the membrane‐bound and the solubilized receptors showed weak binding of enkephalin and μ‐specific drugs, suggesting that they are predominantly of the k‐type. The membrane‐bound and the soluble receptors showed the same distribution of subtypes, i.e., 70%k, 13%μ, and 17%δ for the membrane‐bound and 71%k, 17%μ, and 12%δ for the soluble receptors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)957-963
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of neurochemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - okt. 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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