Homogenates of mouse lungs were separated by differential centrifugation into two fractions containing lipoprotein lipase, namely, a soluble and a membrane-bound fraction. Lipoprotein lipase was specifically identified by its inhibition by both protamine sulfate(3 mg/ml) and sodium chloride (0.9 mol/1). The enzymatic activity of each fraction was enhanced when serum was preincubated with the enzyme. Both enzyme fractions showed optimum activity at alkaline pH, but the membrane-bound enzyme showed a higher pH optimum. In addition, the apparent Km of the soluble enzyme was lower than that of the membrane-bound enzyme. It is concluded that there are two different forms of lipoprotein lipase in mouse lung tissue that differ in a number of aspects.

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