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RNA synthesis in regenerating mouse liver evaluated by incorporation of [methyl-14C]methionine and by determination of RNA polymerase activity.

By I Ljungquist, T Yngner, L Lewan and C Engelbrecht


The synthesis of RNA during mouse liver regeneration was studied by two different methods at 24 and 48 h after partial hepatectomy. Total chromatin-bound RNA polymerase activity showed an increase of 32% at 24 h after partial hepatectomy. At 48 h a slight increase in total activity was also observed in regenerating liver, but the difference was not significant. The increase in total RNA polymerase activity was due to a rise in RNA polymerase I plus III activity. This enzyme activity was increased at both 24 and 48 h. The increase was 57% at 24 h and 51% at 48 h. When [methyl-14C]methionine was used for labelling of methyl groups in rRNA, there was an increased specific radioactivity of this class of RNA at both 24 h and 48 h. The increases were 263 and 103% at 24 and 48 h respectively. Thus both methods revealed an increased synthesis of rRNA during mouse liver regeneration. The results are discussed in relation to previous results from this laboratory [Yngner, Carlberg, Lewan & Engelbrecht (1979) Hoppe-Seyler's Z. Physiol. Chem. 360, 1069-1074; Yngner, Engelbrecht, Lewan & Annerfeldt (1979) Biochem. J. 178, 1-8; Yngner, Bengtsson, Carlberg, Engelbrecht & Wieslander (1980) Exp. Cell. Biol. 48, 393-403], which have shown that the incorporation of orotic acid or uridine into RNA is not increased in mouse liver regenerating after partial hepatectomy

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1984
DOI identifier: 10.1042/bj2210235
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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