Localization of the Ca2+ + Mg2+-ATPase of the sarcoplasmic reticulum in rat papillary muscle was determined by indirect immunofluorescence and immunoferritin labeling of cryostat and ultracryotomy sections, respectively. The Ca2+ + Mg2+-ATPase was found to be rather uniformly distributed in the free sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane but to be absent from both peripheral and interior junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane, transverse tubules, sarcolemma, and mitochondria. This suggests that the Ca2+ + Mg2+-ATPase of the sarcoplasmic reticulum is antigenically unrelated to the Ca2+ + Mg2+-ATPase of the sarcolemma. These results are in agreement with the idea that the sites of interior and peripheral coupling between sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane and transverse tubules and between sarcoplasmic reticulum and sarcolemmal membranes play the same functional role in the excitation-contraction coupling in cardiac muscle.

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