Caveolae have been postulated as a center for signal transduction, because many signaling molecules are concentrated in caveolin-rich fractions. We book G(2α) as an example and examined whether it is constitutively concentrated in caveolae. First, the behavior of caveolin and G(i2α) in density-equilibrium ultracentrifugation was reexamined. By collecting fractions efficiently, caveolin and G(i2α) were found to distribute differently, Secondly, by novel immunocytochemical methods it was found that the labeling density of G(i2α) was 2.29 times higher in caveolae than in the non-caveolar plasma membrane. The results indicate that the concentration of G(i2α) in caveolae is lower than deduced from most biochemical studies.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology