Pathobiodynamics: Effect of extrahepatic inflammation on calcium transport and drug metabolism by rat liver mitochondria in vitro

G. J. Barritt, M. W. Whitehouse

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The effects of inflammation induced by the inoculation of rats with either Freund's adjuvant or oleyl alcohol on calcium transport and hippurate formation by isolated liver mitochondria, and on the activities of several nonoxidative drug-metabolizing systems were investigated. Intact mitochondria isolated from the liver of inflamed rats exhibit (i) a greater sensitivity to the uncoupling action of Ca2+ as monitored by the Ca2+ stimulation of succinate oxidation, (ii) a decreased ability to retain accumulated Ca2+, (iii) a more rapid, and a greater, rate of Ca2+-induced osmotic swelling, and (iv) subnormal 4-aminobenzoate conjugation with glycine when this reaction is measured in the absence of exogenous Mg2+. The addition of Mg2+ to the assay medium overcame the inhibition of 4-aminobenzoate conjugation but did not abolish the differences between liver mitochondria from inflamed rats and those from normal control animals with respect to the uncoupling action of Ca2+ on respiration. No significant difference was observed in mitochondria from inflamed and control animals when a number of parameters of the mitochondrial energy-transducing systems were measured. No significant differences were found in the O-sulfation or N-acetylation of drugs by liver cytosol enzymes or in the pyrophosphatase activity of liver microsomes from normal and inflamed rats of the same sex. Liver microsomes from inflamed rats showed less O-glucuronidation activity than normal liver microsomes but the relative loss of this enzyme activity was of later onset and less magnitude than the rapid decline in microsomal drug-hydroxylating activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-115
Number of pages17
JournalBiochemical medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1977
Externally publishedYes


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