Journal article

UDP-glucuronosyltransferase in the regenerating rat liver.

AM Pellizzer, SA Smid, SI Strasser, CS Lee, ML Mashford, PV Desmond

J Gastroenterol Hepatol | Published : 1996


In both acute and chronic liver disease in man, elimination of drugs metabolized by the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is impaired. In contrast, those drugs metabolized by UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) have a relatively normal elimination. Studies in rats with experimentally induced liver injury also show this relative preservation of glucuronidation. In liver disease, a number of factors, including inflammation, fibrosis and regeneration, may be associated with this differential effect on drug metabolism. Partial hepatectomy provides a model in which to isolate the effects of liver regeneration on drug metabolism. Partial hepatectomy or sham operation was performed in 24 male Sprague-Daw..

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