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Induction of metallothionein mRNA in rat liver and kidney after copper chloride injection
journal contributionposted on 2023-02-07, 03:55 authored by SA Wake, Julian MercerJulian Mercer
The kinetics of the increase of metallothionein mRNA in rat liver and kidney after CuCl2 injection was determined by cell-free translation and dot-blot hybridization of total RNA isolated at various times after the injection. Both assay procedures gave essentially the same result: a 16-fold increase in hepatic metallothionein mRNA was observed 7h after CuCl2 injection, with a decline to basal values by 15 h. The response in the kidney was less dramatic, with a 6-fold increase in metallothionein mRNA 5 h after injection, and basal values were attained by 12h. The rise in Cu2+ concentration in both organs was closely correlated with the increase in metallothionein mRNA; hepatic Cu2+ was increased 5.9-fold by 5h after injection and renal Cu2+ was increased 4.3-fold 5h after injection. The Zn2+ concentration in the liver had not risen significantly within 5h of Cu2+ injection. Renal Zn2+ concentrations did not alter appreciably in the Cu2+-treated animals. These results support the conclusion that Cu2+ is acting as a primary inducer of metallothionein mRNA in the rat.
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AdrenalectomyAnimalsCopperKidneyLiverMaleMetallothioneinNucleic Acid HybridizationProtein BiosynthesisRNA, MessengerRatsRats, Inbred StrainsSulfatesZincZinc SulfateLiver DiseaseDigestive DiseasesKidney DiseaseGeneticsRenal and urogenitalChemical SciencesBiological SciencesMedical and Health Sciences