Ethanol-induced alterations of plasma membrane assembly in the liver

Dean J. Tuma, Mark E. Mailliard, Carol A. Casey, Gary D. Volentine, Michael F. Sorrell

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The effects of acute ethanol administration on the assembly of glycoproteins into the hepatic plasma membrane were studied in the rat. When [14C]fucose and N-acetyl[3H]annosamine, a sialic acid precursor, were injected following an acute dose of ethanol, the incorporation of these precursors into the total pool of membrane glycoproteins was minimally affected. This finding indicated that ethanol treatment did not appreciably alter the glycosylation of proteins in the Golgi apparatus. However, the assembly of labeled fucoproteins and sialoproteins into the plasma membrane was markedly inhibited in the ethanol-treated animals. This inhibition of plasmalemmal glycoprotein assembly was accompanied by a corresponding accumulation of labeled glycoproteins in the cytosolic fraction of the hepatocyte. The content of labeled glycoproteins in the Golgi complex was not significantly altered by ethanol treatment. These results indicate that ethanol administration impairs the late stages of hepatic plasma membrane assembly and further suggest that ethanol administration interferes with the flow of membrane components from the Golgi apparatus to the surface membrane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-577
Number of pages7
JournalBBA - Biomembranes
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 25 1986


  • (Rat liver)
  • Ethanol effect
  • Glycoprotein incorporation
  • Plasma membrane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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