January 1971
Volume 10, Issue 1
Articles  |   January 1971
Acid Hydrolases of the Retinal Pigment Epithelium
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  • E. R. BERMAN
    Department of Ophthalmology, Biochemistry Research Laboratory, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science January 1971, Vol.10, 64-68. doi:
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      E. R. BERMAN; Acid Hydrolases of the Retinal Pigment Epithelium. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1971;10(1):64-68.

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Two enzymes, β-galactosidase and N-acetyl-β-glucosaminidase, have been detected in pigment epithelial cells of cattle. The optimum activity for N-acetyl-β-glucosaminidase is at pH 5; in contrast, β-galactosidase exhibits a broad activity maximum from approximately pH 4 to 6, with a "shoulder" in the latter range. Differential centrifugation of .25M sucrose-ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) homogenates showed that the highest specific activities were in the mitochondrial + lysosomal (M+L) fraction and in the fraction sedimenting at 6,000 g-minutes, i.e., the pigment granules + nuclei (PG+N). Agents, such as sonication, freezing-and-thawing, or homogenization with Triton X-100, known to induce osmotic shock or membrane rupture, resulted in the release of nearly all the enzymes from the particulates in the PG+N fraction.


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