1. Rat cerebral-cortex slices were incubated with 32Pi, acetylcholine and eserine for periods of 10min and 2h. The specific radioactivity of phosphatidylinositol was elevated during these treatments by 36 and 106% respectively. 2. The specific radioactivities of the phosphatidylinositol in different cell structures were determined after subcellular fractionation. They were highest in the nuclear, microsomal and synaptic-vesicle fractions and lowest in myelin, both in the controls and in the acetylcholine-treated slices. 3. The stimulated labelling of phosphatidylinositol was relatively evenly distributed: no subcellular fraction showed a stimulation markedly higher than that in the homogenate. 4. Studies of the distributions and activities of marker enzymes indicated that the subcellular fractionation achieved was similar to that with fresh tissue. 5. The results are discussed in relation to the previous report that the stimulation is observed throughout the neuronal cell-bodies and in relation to the hypothesis that the labelled phosphatidylinositol produced by stimulation is a component of an acetylcholine-receptor proteolipid localized in the synaptic junction.
- © 1972 London: The Biochemical Society