Abnormal proximal tubule apical membrane protein composition in X-linked hypophosphatemic mice

D. M. Ford, B. A. Molitoris

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The hypophosphatemic (Hyp) mouse is characterized by an isolated X-linked defect in proximal tubular phosphate (P(i)) reabsorption associated with a decreased maximum velocity (V(max)) and a normal affinity (K(m)). To directly investigate the underlying cellular defect proximal tubular brush-border membranes (BBM) from normal control (Con) and Hyp male littermates were examined for differences in cholesterol content, total and individual phospholipid composition, phospholipid incorporation rates, membrane fluidity, and by two-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-polyacrylamide protein electrophoresis. The cholesterol content, total and individual phospholipid profiles, phospholipid incorporation rates, and membrane fluidity of Con and Hyp BBM samples were comparable. However, the two-dimensional gel electrophoreses of Con and Hyp BBM proteins, run simultaneously under identical conditions, revealed a protein with an apparent abnormal isoelectric migration pattern in Hyp BBM samples. This protein had an apparent molecular weight 56,000 and an apparent pI of 7.2 and was consistantly evident on Hyp gels (n = 3) but not on Con gels (n = 3). The appearance of this protein band was associated with a diminution in staining of a control protein of comparable apparent molecular weight but markedly lower apparent pI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F317-F322
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Fluid and Electrolyte Physiology
Issue number3 29-3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991



  • Phosphaturia
  • Two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis
  • X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets

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  • Physiology

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