Nucleotide pyrophosphatase and phosphodiesterase I of rat liver have been found to be localized primarily in cell particulates highly enriched with respect to the most commonly accepted plasma membrane marker, 5'-nucleotidase, and therefore should themselves be assigned a plasma membrane localization. The observation that plasma membranes sediment in isotonic sucrose with both nuclear and microsomal fractions was exploited to obtain plasma membrane preparations from each fraction. Both preparations are similar in chemical and enzymic composition. Moreover, the preparative method developed in this study appears to give the best combination of yield, purity, and reproducibility available. The question of the possible identity of nucleotide pyrophosphatase and phosphodiesterase I is considered, and evidence is presented suggesting that these activities may be manifestations of the same enzyme.

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