A microsystem to assay lysosomal enzyme activities in cultured retinal pigment epithelial cells

Luis Cabral, William Unger, Mike Boulton, John Marshall

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A microsystem to assay the activity of lysosomal enzymes in a small number of cultured RPE cells is described. The activities of acid phosphatase, a-mannosidase, B-glucuronidase and N-acetyl-B-g1ucosaminidase were estimated in different human RPE cultures of varying passages. Some biochemical characteristics for. each of the enzyme assays were studied including the effect of pH, the saturating concentrations of the appropriate substrates and the relationship between the enzyme activity and the number of cells assayed. The method presented is straightforward, avoids complicated tissue fractionation procedures and is able to estimate enzyme activities in as few as 104cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1097-1104
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Eye Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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