Acidocalcisomes are acidic vacuoles present in trypanosomatids that contain most of the cellular calcium. The data presented here demonstrate that Leishmania donovani acidocalcisomes possess a Na+/H+ exchanger. 3,5- Dibutyl-4-hydroxytoluene, in the concentration range of 0-20 μM, inhibited the Na+/H+ exchanger, and strongly stimulated the activity of the vacuolar H+-ATPase responsible for vacuolar acidification. As occurs with Na+, the cationic anti-leishmanial drugs pentamidine, WR-6026, and chloroquine promoted a fast and extensive alkalization of the L. donovani acidocalcisomes. (C) 2000 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
- 3,5-Dibutyl-4- hydroxytoluene
- Leishmania donovani
- Na/H exchanger
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