Preparation of erythrocyte ghosts by a glycol-induced osmotic lysis under isoionic conditions

M. M. Billah, J. B. Finean, R. Coleman, R. H. Michell

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Abstract

A procedure has been developed for obtaining haemoglobin-free, erythrocyte ghosts under ionic conditions approximating that of the cell cytoplasm. Haemolysis was effected by incorporating glycol into cells suspended in the isoionic medium and then diluting with a large volume of glycol-free medium. The ghosts were of uniform spherical shape throughout the preparative procedure and were impermeable to macromolecules. Analysis of polypeptides by sodium dodecyl sulphate-gel elecrophoresis at each stage of preparation and comparison with ghosts prepared under hypo-ionic conditions served to distinguish membrane components from those of cytoplasm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-62
Number of pages9
JournalBBA - Biomembranes
Volume433
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Medicine(all)

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