Kinetic changes of ethanolamine base exchange activity and increase of viscosity in sarcolemmal membranes of hamster heart during development of cardiomyopathy

  • Alba Vecchini
  • Luciano Binaglia
  • Paolo Di Nardo
  • Manuela Bartoli
  • Marilena Minieri
  • Giuseppe Tallarida
Part of the Developments in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry book series (DMCB, volume 8)


The activity of the phospholipid base exchange enzyme specific for ethanolamine has been measured in cardiac sarcolemmal membrane preparations from Syrian golden and UM-X7.1 cardiomyopathic hamsters. In Syrian golden hamsters, the Km of the enzyme for ethanolamine does not change with age, whereas it almost doubles in membranes from cardiomyopathic animals, from the 30th to the 150th day of age. During the same period, the membrane cholesterol content increases by 68% in cardiomyopathic hamsters, whereas it does not change significantly in the Syrian golden hamster strain. As a consequence, in the adult animal, the cholesterol to phospholipid ratio and the viscosity of sarcolemmal membranes are higher in UM-X7.1 strain than in Syrian golden hamsters. A cause-consequence relationship between the enzymatic changes and the compositional modifications in the sarcolemma occurring in UM-X7.1 hamsters during the development of cardiomyopathy is proposed. (Mol Cell Biochem 116: 89–93, 1992)

Key words

cardiomyopathic hamsters base-exchange phospholipids sarcolemma heart cholesterol fluidity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alba Vecchini
    • 1
  • Luciano Binaglia
    • 1
  • Paolo Di Nardo
    • 2
  • Manuela Bartoli
    • 2
  • Marilena Minieri
    • 2
  • Giuseppe Tallarida
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of PerugiaVia del GiochettoItaly
  2. 2.Lab. Cellular and Molecular Cardiology (Fisiopatologia Medica) Dept. of Internal MedicineII University of Roma ‘Tor Vergata’Via O. RaimondoItaly

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