Fisheries Science

, Volume 85, Issue 1, pp 227–235 | Cite as

Adenosine triphosphate suppresses urea-induced denaturation of shark myosin calcium adenosine triphosphatase

  • Yumi Ogata
  • Ikuo KimuraEmail author
Original Article Chemistry and Biochemistry


Elasmobranchs, such as sharks, retain large amounts of urea in their body, but shark muscle proteins are not denatured by urea in vivo. There are two hypotheses regarding biosystems in the quenching of urea. One is that the accumulation of large amounts of trimethylamine-N-oxide suppresses protein denaturation by urea, and the other is that shark muscle proteins have an intrinsic resistance to urea. We focused on a protective effect of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) on fish muscle proteins, and studied the suppressive effect of ATP on urea denaturation of myosin Ca-ATPase from the scalloped hammerhead shark, Sphyrna lewini. Regarding myosin incubated with both ATP and urea, Ca-ATPase activity was higher than for that incubated with urea. The inactivation of Ca-ATPase activity induced by urea in the presence of ATP proceeded in two phases: a slow first-order reaction in an early phase and a fast first-order reaction in a late phase. The late phase seemed to start at the time when the remaining ATP had been depleted in the medium. These results suggest that ATP suppressed the denaturation of myosin Ca-ATPase by urea. ATP may act in vivo as a safeguard against muscle protein denaturation by urea.


Cartilaginous fish Scalloped hammerhead Quenching of urea Ureosmotic regulation 



We would like to thank Associate Professor Sanae Kato (Kagoshima University Faculty of Fisheries) and Professor Emeritus Hiroshi Asai (Waseda University) for discussions regarding this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of FisheriesKagoshima UniversityShimoarataJapan
  2. 2.The United Graduate School of Agricultural SciencesKagoshima UniversityKorimotoJapan

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