Is protease activity involved in fast axonal transport?

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N‐a‐p‐Tosyl‐L‐Lysine Chloromethyl Ketone (TLCK), a protease inhibitor, was found to irreversibly inhibit rapid axonal transport of protein in vitro in the frog sciatic nerve. TLCK exerted its action at the axonal level and seemed to depress the rate rather than the amount of transported protein. The efficiency of TLCK as a protease inhibitor was demonstrated by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, which showed that degradation of high molecular weight proteins (presumably neurofilament subunits) into a 25 000 dalton protein could be induced by exposing the frog nerves to triton‐X and prevented by the presence of TLCK. Findings that TLCK, at a transport inhibiting concentration (0.1 mM), had little or no effects on either protein synthesis or ATP levels, suggest that TLCK did not affect transport due to general cytotoxic properties. The effects of TLCK is discussed in relation to possible roles of protease activity in axonal transport.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-384
Number of pages6
JournalActa Physiologica Scandinavica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1984

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Cell Biology


  • axonal transport
  • Ca
  • Protease inhibition


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