Subcellular fractions were prepared from human neutrophils by sucrose density gradient centrifugation and analyzed for G(i)-like proteins by pertussis toxin-catalyzed [32P]ADP-ribosylation and by immunoblotting with rabbit antiserum AS/6 which recognizes purified transducin and G(i), but not G(s) or G(o) α-subunits. In resting cells, ≃ 60% of pertussis toxin substrate retrieved from the sucrose density gradient localized to the plasma membrane-enriched fraction, ≃ 35% to the specific granule-enriched fraction, and ≃ 5% to cytosol. The azurophil granule-enriched fraction did not contain pertussis toxin substrate. In contrast to plasma membrane, the specific granule-enriched fraction demonstrated increased AS/6 immunoreactivity of a ≃ 41-kDa protein relative to a ≃ 40-kDa protein. Within the specific granule-enriched fraction, the peak of pertussis toxin substrate detected immunochemically or by [32P]ADP-ribosylation sedimented at a lighter density (ρ = 1.6 g/ml) than did lactoferrin (ρ = 1.19 g/ml), suggesting that the intracellular compartment bearing pertussis toxin substrate may not be the lactoferrin containing specific granule, per se. Furthermore, in neutrophils exposed to 10-8 M N-formylmethionylleucylphenylalanine, a weak degranulating stimulus (7% lactoferrin degranulation), there was a 31-42% decline in pertussis toxin-catalyzed [32P]ADP-ribosylation of ≃ 40-41-kDa proteins in the specific granule-enriched fraction accompanied by a near-quantitative increase in labeling of plasma membrane. The pool of intracellular formyl peptide receptors localized to the specific granule-enriched fraction appeared functionally coupled to a cosedimenting G-protein in experiments demonstrating modulation of high affinity N-formylmethionylleucyl[3H]phenylalanine binding by guanosine 5'-(3-O-thio)triphosphate or pertussis toxin. The data indicate that neutrophils contain a surface translocatable pool of intracellular G-protein sedimenting in the specific granule-enriched fraction and support the view that mobilization of intracellular G-protein represents a mechanism by which cells can regulate receptor activity.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology