A 45-kDa protein antigenically related to band 3 is selectively expressed in kidney mitochondria

Lynda S. Ostedgaard, Michael L. Jennings, Lawrence P. Karniski, Victor L. Schuster

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Anion exchange similar to that catalyzed by erythrocyte band 3 occurs across many nonerythroid cell membranes. To identify anton-exchange proteins structurally related to band 3, we immunobtotted rabbit kidney medullary membrane fractions with anti-band 3 antibodies. Immunoblots using antibodies to the cytoplasmic domain of band 3 revealed cross-reactive proteins in the plasma membrane fraction only. In contrast, two monoclonal antibodies against band 3 membrane domain labeled a 45-kDa protein; further immunoblotting and immunogold studies of membrane fractions and kidney sections using one of the anti-membrane domain antibodies showed that labeling was strongest in mitochondria of H+-secreting collecting duct cells. Tissue-to-tissue expression of the 45-kDa mitochondrial protein was variable: kidney medulla > heart > kidney cortex ≫ liver. We conclude that a 45-kDa protein with immunological cross-reactivity to the erythrocyte band 3 membrane domain is expressed in mitochondria in a highly cell-specific fashion and speculate that the protein may play a role in mitochondrial anion transport. (.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)981-985
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991


  • Anion exchange
  • Renal acidification

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  • General


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