Characterization of rat skeletal muscle monoamine oxidase

Ramesh C. Arora*, Herbert Y. Meltzer

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Optimal conditions for deamination of 5-hydroxytryptamine in rat skeletal muscle were determined. The presence of monoamine oxidase (MAO) A and MAO B isozymes was demonstrated by the use of tyramine (a substrate of both forms), specific substrates (serotonin and benzylamine), and specific inhibitors (clorgyline and deprenyl) of MAO A and B respectively. A 6.5:3.5 ratio of MAO A to B was found using a whole muscle homogenate, while a 7.5:2.5 ratio was found with isolated mitochondria. Thermal inactivation studies demonstrated that skeletal muscle MAO A is more susceptible to heat inactivation than MAO B. The approximate proportion of muscle homogenate MAO which is present in sympathetic nerves was found to be 18 per cent, as determined by treating rats with 6-hydroxydopamine and quantifying the decrease in activity. Significant inhibition of MAO activity was observed after administration in vivo of the MAO inhibitors pargyline, tranylcypromine and harmaline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-49
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical Pharmacology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology


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