Na+/K+ ATPase and cell growth IV: A metabolic marker of human brain tumors?

R. Verna, P. Nardi, R. Muraro, R. Delfini, L. Frati

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Abstract

The activity of total, Mg++ dependent and Na+/K+ ATPase as well as the content of cAMP and cGMP in homogenates of human brain tumors have been investigated. Results are compared to values obtained from normal cortices. Na+/K+ ATPase and cAMP are decreased with a close relationship with the degree of malignancy, while Mg++ dependent activity is lower than in normal cortex but with no differences between the various tumors, and cGMP is unaffected. We conclude with a discussion on the metabolism of brain tumors and the suggestion of Na+/K+ ATPase activity as a marker of the malignancy of neoplastic growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Volume27
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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