Monoclonal antibodies raised against bilitranslocase, may display either inhibitory or enhancing activity on the electrogenic transport of sulfobromophthalein, evoked in rat liver plasma-membrane vesicles by the addition of valinomycin in the presence of K+. In both cases, the target protein is identified with a 37 kDa band in SDS-mercaptoethanol gel electrophoresis of solubilized membranes. The electrophoretically homogeneous protein isolated by ion-exchange chromatography, corresponds in all respects to the 37 kDa protein band of bilitranslocase, obtained in the past by different techniques. Using this protein as antigen, a polyclonal monospecific antibody preparation has been obtained. As expected, the antibody preparation inhibits the electrogenic movement of sulfobromophthalein in plasma membrane vesicles from rat liver. It is concluded that the 37 kDa protein of bilitranslocase is at least a necessary component of the transport system involved in the sulfobromophthalein movement in plasma membrane.
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