July 1993
Volume 34, Issue 8
Articles  |   July 1993
pCMPS-induced changes in lens membrane permeability and transparency.
Author Affiliations
  • J Sanderson
    School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom.
  • G Duncan
    School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science July 1993, Vol.34, 2518-2525. doi:
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      J Sanderson, G Duncan; pCMPS-induced changes in lens membrane permeability and transparency.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1993;34(8):2518-2525.

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PURPOSE: To investigate the role of externally facing membrane protein sulfhydryl groups in controlling lens permeability and transparency using the impermeant sulfhydryl complexing agent p-chloromercuriphenyl sulfonate (pCMPS). METHODS: Membrane permeability changes were studied by measuring lens voltage and resistance. Ion movements were monitored by measuring 22Na+ and 45Ca2+ fluxes, and internal free calcium was monitored by ion-selective microelectrodes. Opacification was quantified by photographing and analyzing back-scattered light. RESULTS: pCMPS, at concentrations above 1 microM, produced a depolarization of membrane potential and decrease in membrane resistance. These changes were accompanied by a marked stimulation in 22Na+ and 45Ca2+ influxes into the lens. There was a concomitant loss of lens transparency, mainly in the bow region. The pCMPS-induced electrical changes could be prevented by substituting N-methyl-D-glucamine for Na+ in the external medium. Na(+)-free solution alone increased 45Ca2+ influx, and the addition of pCMPS further stimulated the influx. Quinine (300 microM) was found to reduce the pCMPS-induced stimulation of 22Na+ and 45Ca2+ influxes and also to reduce opacification. CONCLUSIONS: pCMPS at low concentrations induces many of the cation permeability changes previously found to occur with age and cataract in the lens. The fact that quinine can ameliorate pCMPS-induced changes in ion movements and opacification suggests a novel approach for membrane-based anticataract strategies.


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