Glycerol-skinned skeletal muscle fibres retain the defined sarcomeric structure of the myofibrils. We show here that a small fraction of two enzymes important for energy metabolism, the cytosolic muscle isoform of creatine kinase (EC 188.8.131.52), MM-creatine kinase (MM-CK), and enolase (EC 184.108.40.206), remains bound to skinned fibres. CK is slowly exchangeable, whereas enolase is firmly bound. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis followed by Western blot analyses demonstrates that both α (ubiquitous) and β (muscle-specific) subunits of enolase are present in these preparations. Enolase and CK were co-localized at the M-band of the sarcomeres, as observed by indirect immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy. Cross-linking experiments were performed on skinned fibres with three bifunctional succinimidyl esters of different lengths and yielded a protein complex of 150 kDa that reacted with antibodies directed against either M-CK or β-enolase. The cross-linking efficiency was greatest for the longest reagent and zero for the shortest one. The length of the cross-linker giving a covalent complex between the two enzymes does not support the notion of a direct interaction between M-CK and enolase. This is the first demonstration of the presence of an enzyme of energy metabolism other than CK at the M-band of myofibres.
- skeletal-muscle enzymes
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