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Zinc localization in taste bud membranes

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Zinc was measured by flame aspiration atomic absorption spectrophotometry in homogenates and in enriched fractions and subfractions from bovine taste bud membranes and from surrounding control tissues that contained no taste buds. Zinc was found in significantly higher concentrations in tissues containing taste buds and increased in concentration as biochemical and electron microscopic purity increased. The role of zinc in taste bud membranes could relate to its role in membrane stabilization or to its activity in alkaline phosphatase, a zinc-dependent enzyme whose specific activity increased in taste bud membranes in the same manner as did zinc concentration.

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Law, J.S., Nelson, N. & Henkin, R.I. Zinc localization in taste bud membranes. Biol Trace Elem Res 5, 219 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02916625

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