Preferential localization of rat liver D-myo-inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate/1,3,4,5-tetrakisphosphate 5-phosphatase in bile-canalicular plasma membrane and 'late' endosomal vesicles

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Previous studies have shown that most of the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate/inositol 1,3,4,5-tetrakisphosphate 5-phosphatase activity of rat hepatocytes is associated with the plasma membrane [Shears, Parry, Tang, Irvine, Michell & Kirk (1987) Biochem. J. 246, 139-147]. We now show that the specific activity of this enzyme is highest in the bile-canalicular domain of the plasma membrane, at the opposite pole of the hepatocyte from the presumed site of receptor-mediated formation of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate. In intact hepatocytes and in sealed membrane vesicles originating from the bile-canalicular domain of the plasma membrane, the 5-phosphatase activity was mostly latent and therefore located at the cytoplasmic surface. A substantial amount of 5-phosphatase was also found in rat liver endosomal fractions, particularly a 'late' endosomal subfraction, indicating that this enzyme may be transported between the sinusoidal plasma membrane and other cellular membranes.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-369
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1988