Measurement of Protein Synthetic Activity by Determination of Peptidyl[3H]puromycin Formation in Liver Slices after Ethanol Administration

Terrence M. Donohue, James H. Sorrell, Michael F. Sorrell, D. J. Tuma

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We investigated the utility of [3H]puromycin as an alternate and adjunct precursor to amino acids for measuring protein synthetic activity in rat liver slices. Slices were incubated in the presence of either [3H]puromycin or radiolabeled valine to compare the incorporation of these isotopic precursors into nascent hepatocellular proteins. Compared to liver slices from controls, comparable decreases in the incorporation of both [3H]puromycin and labeled valine were observed in experiments using slices from fasted rats and in slices preincubated with 25 mw ethanol. Radiolabeling of nascent polypeptides with either [3H]puromycin or labeled valine in liver slices from rats fed a liquid diet containing ethanol was also decreased compared to slices from pair‐fed control and chow‐fed animals. Our results demonstrated the validity of using [3H]puromycin to detect changes in protein synthetic activity under these conditions. The potential advantage of using [3H]puromycin for in vivo studies is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)526-530
Number of pages5
JournalAlcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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