An anti-NH2-terminal antibody localizes NBCn1 to heart endothelia and skeletal and vascular smooth muscle cells

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    The electroneutral sodium bicarbonate cotransporter NBCn1 or NBC3 was originally cloned from rat aorta and from human skeletal muscle. NBCn1 (or NBC3) has been localized to the basolateral membrane of various epithelia, but thus far it has been impossible to detect the protein in these tissues by using anti-COOH-terminal antibodies. Hence an antibody was developed against the NH2-terminus of NBCn1 and was validated by peptide recognition and immunoblotting on positive control tissues and by binding of an approximately 180-kDa protein in the rat kidney, cerebrum, cerebellum, and duodenum. In addition, an approximately 180-kDa immunoreactive band appeared using samples from the aorta, heart ventricles and atria, mesenteric arteries, lung, spleen, liver, pancreas, and epididymis. Immunohistochemical analysis confirmed the previously described labeling in the kidney, duodenum, and the choroid plexus. The anti-NH2-terminal antibody localized NBCn1 to the plasma membrane domains of endothelia and smooth muscle cells in small mesenteric and renal arteries, as well as the capillaries of the heart ventricles, spleen, and salivary glands. NBCn1 was also detected in neuromuscular junctions and vasculature in skeletal muscle. Analysis of variable NBCn1 splicing by RT-PCR revealed that an NH2-terminal sequence, the cassette III, seems absent from cardiovascular NBCn1 and that both cassettes I and III are variable in most epithelia, whereas cassette II is absent from epithelial NBCn1. Thus the development of the NH2-terminal antibody allowed the localization of NBCn1 protein to major cardiovascular tissues where NBCn1 mRNA was previously detected. The NBCn1 is a likely candidate for mediating the reported electroneutral Na+-HCO3(-) cotransport in vascular smooth muscle.
    TidsskriftAm. J. Physiol. Heart Circ Physiol
    Sider (fra-til)H172-H180
    StatusUdgivet - 2006


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