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Z S Zam, J Cerda, F M Polack; Isolation of the plasma membrane from corneal endothelial cells.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1980;19(6):648-652.
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The plasma membtanes of normal rabbit endothelail cells were isolated by the use of an aqueous two-phase polymer system. The membrane fraction was identified by electron microscopy, and a fivefold to eightfold increase in the specific activity of two plasma membrane markers. Na+-K+-ATPase and 5'nucleotidase was found. Recovery of the enzyme markers averaged 45% and 22%, respectively. Analysis of the purified membranes for glucose-6-phosphatase, a marker for endoplasmic reticulum, showed no contamination by this structure. This method for cell membrane characterization is promising in determining the enzymatic alterations of diseased corneas.
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