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      The insect V-ATPase, a plasma membrane proton pump energizing secondary active transport: molecular analysis of electrogenic potassium transport in the tobacco hornworm midgut.

      The Journal of Experimental Biology
      Adenosine Triphosphatases, chemistry, metabolism, Animals, Cell Membrane, Digestive System, Ion Transport, Moths, Potassium, Proton Pumps, physiology, Vacuolar Proton-Translocating ATPases

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          Goblet cell apical membranes in the larval midgut of Manduca sexta are the site of active and electrogenic K+ secretion. They possess a vacuolar-type ATPase which, in its immunopurified form, consists of at least nine polypeptides. cDNAs for the A and B subunits screened by monoclonal antibodies to the A subunit of the Manduca V-ATPase or by hybridisation with a cDNA probe for a plant V-ATPase B subunit have been cloned and sequenced. There is a high degree of identity to the sequences of the respective subunits of other V-ATPases. The M. sexta plasma membrane V-ATPase is an electrogenic proton pump which energizes, by the electrical component of the proton-motive force, electrogenic K+/nH+ antiport, resulting in net electrogenic K+ secretion. Since the midgut lacks a Na+/K(+)-ATPase, all solute fluxes in this epithelium seem to be energized by the V-ATPase. Thus, the midgut provides an alternative to the classical concept of animal plasma membrane energization by the Na(+)-motive force generated by the Na+/K(+)-ATPase.

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