Entamoeba histolytica: Localization and characterization of Ca2+-dependent nucleotidases

Takeuchi Tsutomu, Kobayashi Seiki, Masuda Mitsugi, Tanabe Masanobu, Miura Sachio, Fujiwara Tatsushi

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Abstract

An activity of Ca2+-dependent nucleotidase was detected in axenically-cultivated trophozoites of Entamoeba histolytica. The enzyme was concentrated by differential and sucrose density gradient centrifugation and catalyzed hydrolysis of nucleoside tri- and diphosphates and also thiamine pyrophosphate. Hydrolysis of nucleoside mono-phosphates was not affected by Ca2+. Among substrates tested, ATP was most active. Addition of Zn2+ or heat treatment almost abolished the enzyme activity. The enzyme exhibited almost the identical activity at acid and neutral pH. Among 6 bands isolated by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, 4 were stained with ATP, UTP, CTP and ADP, whereas the other 2 were stained only with ATP, UTP and CTP. The concentrated enzyme preparation, primarily composed of membrane fragments, also had activities of acid phosphatase, acid inorganic pyrophosphatase, 5'-nucleotidase and Mg2+-dependent ATPase. These observations suggest that E. histolytica has 2 Ca2+-dependent nucleotidases, i.e. one Ca2+-dependent ATPase and the other Ca2+-dependent nucleoside diphosphatase or an apyrase-like enzyme, and that these nucleotidases are at least partially associated with the plasma membrane or an organelle of lysosomal nature in this parasite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-215
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal for Parasitology
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

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Nucleotidases
Entamoeba histolytica
Enzymes
Cytidine Triphosphate
Uridine Triphosphate
nucleotidase
Adenosine Triphosphate
Nucleosides
Hydrolysis
Inorganic Pyrophosphatase
Apyrase
Thiamine Pyrophosphate
Ca(2+) Mg(2+)-ATPase
Trophozoites
5'-Nucleotidase
Acids
Density Gradient Centrifugation
Calcium-Transporting ATPases
Diphosphates
Acid Phosphatase

Keywords

  • apyrase
  • ATPase
  • Entamoeba histolytica
  • lysosome
  • nucleoside diphosphatase
  • parasitic protozoa
  • plasma membrane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Entamoeba histolytica : Localization and characterization of Ca2+-dependent nucleotidases. / Tsutomu, Takeuchi; Seiki, Kobayashi; Mitsugi, Masuda; Masanobu, Tanabe; Sachio, Miura; Tatsushi, Fujiwara.

In: International Journal for Parasitology, Vol. 11, No. 3, 1981, p. 209-215.

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Tsutomu, Takeuchi ; Seiki, Kobayashi ; Mitsugi, Masuda ; Masanobu, Tanabe ; Sachio, Miura ; Tatsushi, Fujiwara. / Entamoeba histolytica : Localization and characterization of Ca2+-dependent nucleotidases. In: International Journal for Parasitology. 1981 ; Vol. 11, No. 3. pp. 209-215.
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