The transport of phosphate into jejunal endoplasmic reticulum vesicles isolated from suckling and adolescent rats was investigated using a rapid filtration technique. Intestinal endoplasmic reticulum from both ages were enriched with NADPH cytochrome-C-reductase whereas other markers for brush border, basolateral, mitochondrial, and Golgi apparatus were impoverished. Phosphate uptake represented an energy-dependent process as evident by more than 80% decrease in uptake values at 0° C compared to 25° C. Phosphate uptake was ATP dependent in both age groups, however, mean uptake values were significantly greater in suckling rats compared to adolescent rats. pH optimum for uptake was 7.2. pChloromercuribenzoate at 100 juM concentration inhibited phosphate uptake by more than 90%. Initial rate of phosphate uptake was linear up to 45 s. Kinetics of phosphate uptake at 30 s showed a Km of 0.7 ± 0.1 and 0.15 ± 0.1 suckling and adolescent rats, respectively. Vmax was 1.5 ± 0.5 and 0.14 ± 0.01 nmol/mg protein/30 s for both suckling and adolescent rats, respectively. Herein we provide evidence for the first time for the presence of a phosphate carrier in intestinal endoplasmic reticulum of rats. Endoplasmic reticulum of phosphate uptake was significantly greater in suckling rats compared to adolescent rats. This increase in uptake is due to a greater number and activity of phosphate carriers in suckling rats.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health