Colchicine and other antimicrotubular drugs have been shown to impair plasma protein secretion by fetal rat liver at late gestation (day 21) markedly less than by the mature organ. In the present study, the effect of colchicine on plasma protein secretion by liver slices was determined at several times during rat development. Secretion of [14C]leucine-labeled albumin and [3H]glucosamine-labeled glycoproteins was only minimally impaired (20%) by colchicine (50 μM) on gestation day 19. Inhibition of protein secretion increased to about 40% just before birth and remained unchanged throughout the perinatal period. Inhibition increased thereafter until the maximum effect (75%) was first observed 28 days after birth. Studies in which [3H]colchicine was used indicated that neither reduced colchicine levels in tissue nor reduced affinity of tubulin for colchicine caused the diminished impairment of secretion in immature liver. These findings suggest that participation of microtubules in liver plasma protein secretion is reduced during development and that full participation is delayed beyond the perinatal period in this species.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology|
|State||Published - 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physiology (medical)