Influence of tetrapeptide tuftsin on intracellular pH of mouse peritoneal macrophages
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It has been shown by the method of probe microfluorimetry of single cells that tuftsin at concentrations of 0.1 and 1.0 μg/mL, increasing the phagocytic activity of murine peritoneal macrophages, causes biphasic changes in the intracellular pH (pHi) over time. First there was a decrease in pHi, reaching the limit in 5 min of incubation. Then, the pHi value increased until reaching the maximum 30 min after the interaction between the cells and the agent. Afterwards, the observed parameter (pHi) did not vary up to minute 55. It was shown that there was no increase in intracellular pH on the addition of the Na+/H+-exchange blocker ethylisopropylamiloride to the incubation medium in the presence of tuftsin. This fact suggests that the observed increase in pHi during tuftsin treatment in the second phase of cell response is associated with the Na+/H+ exchange system.
Keywordstuftsin macrophages intracellular pH Na+/H+-exchanger
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