Journal article

Liver plasma membrane enzyme activities following glutaraldehyde fixation.

PJ Hertzog, RN Le Page, PS Bhathal

Pathology | Published : 1976


The Wachstein-Meisel ATPase histochemical method has been previously used to demonstrate the ultrastructural localization of this enzyme in both whole liver and isolated plasma membranes following fixation in glutaraldehyde. In the present study biochemical assay, of liver plasma membrane enzymes following fixation in cold 2.5% glutaraldehyde showed that approximately 40% of Mg2+-ATPase, but only 4% of (Na+-K+)-ATPase activity remained in membranes from either control or ANIT-treated rats. In addition, 5'-nucleotidase activity was almost abolished by fixation. The present results indicate that the Wachstein-Meisel method, when applied to biliary canaliculi, can reliably be used to demonstrat..

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