Journal article

Alpha-naphthyl-isothiocyanate-induced cholestasis in the rat: studies of liver plasma membrane enzymes.

PJ Hertzog, PS Bhathal, PR Dorling, RN Le Page

Pathology | Published : 1975


Oral administration of a single dose of alpha-naphthyl-isothiocyanate (ANIT) to rats produced a conjugated hyperbilirubinaemia, maximal at 2 days and which subsided by 7. The activities of 3 liver plasma membrane enzymes, Mg-2+-ATPase, (Na-+-K-+)-ATPase and 5-nucleotidase, and serum bilirubin levels were studied for up to 7 days after treatment. Activities of the 3 enzymes were significantly decreased at 2 days after treatment and returned to normal by 7, thus varying inversely with the degree of hyperbilirubinaemia. Enzyme histochemistry used to demonstrate canalicular localization of Mg-2+-ATPase in sections of whole liver and of isolated plasma membrane pellets showed that the reduction i..

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