Journal article

Hormonal stimulation of mitochondrial pyruvate carboxylation in filipin-treated hepatocytes.

EH Allan, AB Chisholm, MA Titheradge

Biochem J | Published : 1983


A method is described for measuring rates of mitochondrial pyruvate carboxylation in hepatocytes treated with the polyene antibiotic, filipin, to render the plasma membrane permeable to substrates. With this approach it was possible to demonstrate that treatment of cells with glucagon or catecholamines results in a stimulation of mitochondrial CO2 fixation measured in situ comparable with that observed in the isolated mitochondria, in terms of time of onset of the response, hormone selectivity and sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II and vasopressin were shown to enhance the activity of pyruvate carboxylase in both the intact mitochondria and filipin-treated cells, thus strengthening the..

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