The Journal of Membrane Biology

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 203–211 | Cite as

Acetylcholine receptor-controlled ion flux in electroplax membrane vesicles: Identification and characterization of membrane properties that affect ion flux measurements

  • Peter S. Kim
  • George P. Hess


Several intrinsic properties of acetylcholine receptor-rich membrane vesicles prepared fromElectrophorus electricus, which need to be considered in measurements of receptor-mediated ion flux, have been identified. One of these properties is a slow exchange of inorganic ions in the vesicles. The slow exchange of ions is not related to the receptor-mediated flux of ions and accounts for 30–35% of the efflux observed. A method to separate this process from the receptor-controlled flux has been developed. It has also been shown, using a light-scattering method, that aggregation-disaggregation of the vesicles can interfere with the efflux measurements, and a method to overcome this problem has been developed. The difference in the amplitude of effluxes induced by saturating amounts of carbamylcholine and gramicidin has been investigated and has been shown not to be due to a receptor-controlled process; therefore, the amplitude difference does not need to be considered in understanding the receptor-controlled process.


Human Physiology Acetylcholine Intrinsic Property Membrane Vesicle Flux Measurement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter S. Kim
    • 1
  • George P. Hess
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Biochemistry, Division of Biological SciencesCornell UniversityIthaca

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