Membrane adenosinetriphosphatase: a digitalis receptor?

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Science  11 Nov 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4317, pp. 569-574
DOI: 10.1126/science.144320


The enzyme Na+,K+-ATPase is a good model for receptor studies because of its known functional correlates. The binding of digitalis to the enzyme observed in vitro satisfied the criteria for receptor binding. Studies of the relationship between the digitalis binding and the drug action reveal an impressive correlation between these events but fail to provide proof of a causal relationship. Studies with other Na+,K+-ATPase inhibitors and agents that affect transmembrane Na+ movements (steps that would follow Na+,K+-ATPase inhibition) provide further supportive evidence that sodium pump inhibition and the resulting enhancement of intracellular Na+ transients cause the inotropic action of digitalis.