Virchows Archiv B

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 41–51 | Cite as

Nuclear and cytoplasmic RNase-activity in regenerating mouse liver

  • Christina Lorup


Nuclear and cytoplasmic RNase activities at pH 5.0 and 7.6 were analyzed in regenerating mouse liver at 6, 12, 24, 48, and 72 h after partial hepatectomy. Two different nucleus-isolation methods were used, one in a EDTA-spermidine medium free from divalent cations, and one in a sucrose medium containing these ions. During regeneration, the cytoplasmic alkaline RNase activity in the sucrose medium was unchanged, but in the spermidine medium showed an increase toward the end of the period. Also the cytoplasmic acid RNase activity was unchanged in sucrose medium, whereas in the spermidine medium it slightly increased during regeneration. The nuclear alkaline RNase activity showed a notable peak 6 h after the operation and later decreased. Also the nuclear acid RNase activity displayed a similar marked peak 6 h after operation, then decreased, but remained high throughout the period. The nuclear RNase activities were about 1% of the corresponding cytoplasmic RNase activities. The absolute activities varied greatly according to the nucleus-isolation method.

In the controls, the absolute activity of nuclear alkaline RNase was slightly above (1.2 times) that of the corresponding acid activity after the spermidine method. After the sucrose method the nuclear alkaline activity was 2.7 times that of the acid activity. The absolute activity of cytoplasmic alkaline RNase was slightly above (1.2 times) the acid activity after the spermidine method but after the sucrose method it was only 0.25 times that of the acid activity.

In sham-operated animals, cytoplasmic acid and alkaline RNase activities generally were fairly similar to the normal value, but corresponding nuclear activities showed marked variations indicating an influence by anesthesia.

Key words

Liver regeneration Mice RNase activity Nuclear Cytoplasmic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christina Lorup
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  1. 1.Institute of ZoophysiologyUniversity of LundLundSweden

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