The interactions of cetyltrimethylammonium CTA) with mitochondria have been investigated. We con®rm, as already observed in a previous paper, that this compound behaves as proton carrier or uncoupler) of the oxidative phosphorylation, but evidences suggest that this compound enhances the membrane permeability to many other compounds such as sucrose. We conclude therefore that CTA as a detergent enhances membrane permeability to all ions including protons. Some evidences are also given that the inhibitory effect of CTA on the mitochondrial respiratory chain is a consequence of the swelling induced

The interactions of cetyltrimethylammonium with mitochondria: an uncoupler or a detergent?

BRAGADIN, Marcantonio;MORET, Ivo;PIAZZA, Rossano;MANENTE, Sabrina
2002-01-01

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The interactions of cetyltrimethylammonium CTA) with mitochondria have been investigated. We con®rm, as already observed in a previous paper, that this compound behaves as proton carrier or uncoupler) of the oxidative phosphorylation, but evidences suggest that this compound enhances the membrane permeability to many other compounds such as sucrose. We conclude therefore that CTA as a detergent enhances membrane permeability to all ions including protons. Some evidences are also given that the inhibitory effect of CTA on the mitochondrial respiratory chain is a consequence of the swelling induced
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