Uptake and degradation of hyaluronan in lymphatic tissue.
JR Fraser, WG Kimpton, TC Laurent, RN Cahill, N Vakakis
Biochemical Journal | Published : 1988
Afferent lymph vessels entering popliteal lymph nodes of sheep were infused with [3H]acetyl-labelled hyaluronan of high Mr (4.3 x 10(6)-5.5 x 10(6)) and low Mr (1.5 x 10(5)). Analysis of efferent lymph and of residues in the nodes showed that hyaluronan presented by this route is taken up and degraded by lymphatic tissue. Labelled residues isolated in node extracts by gel chromatography and h.p.l.c. included N-acetylglucosamine, acetate, water and a fraction provisionally identified as N-acetylglucosamine 6-phosphate. Between 48 and 75% of the infused material was unrecovered, and had been presumably eliminated through the bloodstream as diffusible residues. Rates of degradation reached as h..View full abstract