THE DETERMINATION OF PICOMOLE AMOUNTS OF ACETYLCHOLINE IN MAMMALIAN BRAIN

A. M. Goldberg, R. E. McCaman

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Abstract

Abstract— In any assay for the determination of acetylcholine based on the conversion of choline to a product, the immediate problem is the removal of endogenous choline. Other published enzymatic assays have taken advantage of electrophoresis to accomplish this goal. In the assay to be described, this is accomplished by the enzymatic phosphorylation of endogenous choline by choline kinase. Once this reaction is complete, endogenous acetylcholine is simultaneously hydrolysed and then phosphorylated with [32P]ATP. The labelled product [32P]phosphorylcholine is separated from the labelled substrate by precipitation of the ATP and further separation is accomplished on microcolumns of ion exchange resin. Using this methodology, picomole amounts of acetylcholine, derived from tissue, can be measured.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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