The Histochemical Journal

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 95–101 | Cite as

Carboxylic ester hydrolases in mitochondria from rat skeletal muscle

  • S. Kirkeby
  • D. Moe
  • T. Zelander


A mitochondrial pellet, prepared from rat skeletal muscle, contained a number of carboxylic ester hydrolase isoenzymes. The esterases which split α-naphthyl acetate were organophosphate sensitive, whereas two out of three indoxyl acetate hydrolysing enzymes were resistant to both organophosphate and organomercury. The activity of the indoxyl acetate esterases was enhanced by the non-ionic detergents Tween-40 and Lubrol. After freezing, thawing and high speed centrifugation most of the α-naphthyl acetate splitting enzymes were found in the supernatant, indicating that the enzymes are loosely bound to mitochondrial membranes.


Acetate Ester Skeletal Muscle Mitochondrial Membrane Hydrolyse Enzyme 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Kirkeby
    • 1
  • D. Moe
    • 1
  • T. Zelander
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of General and Oral AnatomyRoyal Dental CollegeCopenhagenDenmark

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