Aminoacylase I is not a glycolipid-anchored ectoenzyme in pig kidney

Katherine J. Greenhough, Anthony J. Turner

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Subcellular fractionation of pig kidney cortex revealed that aminoacylase I (EC, N-acyl-l-amino-acid aminohydrolase) is predominantly a soluble enzyme with only 0.5% of the total activity being recovered in the membrane fraction. The aminoacylase I activity associated with the membrane preparations displayed neither rapid release following incubation with phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C from Bacillus thuringuensis nor the distinctive differential pattern of detergent solubilization which was seen with glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins (renal dipeptidase, alkaline phosphatase). When fractionated by phase separation in Triton X-114, integral membrane proteins of kidney microvillar membranes partitioned predominantly (> 90%) into the detergent-rich phase. In contrast, only 3.7% of aminoacylase I activity associated with microvillar membranes partitioned into the detergent-rich phase. Aminoacylase I activity of pig kidney would therefore appear to be a hydrophilic protein in nature and is not, as suggested previously, a G-PI-anchored integral membrane protein.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-368
Number of pages5
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)/Protein Structure and Molecular
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 1991
Externally publishedYes


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