Gamma-glutamyltransferase induction by glucocorticoids in rat liver: age-dependence, time-dependence, dose-dependence, and intralobular distribution

Acta histochemica
R Tongiani, A Paolicchi


Postnatal responsiveness of rat-liver gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) to glucocorticoids (GC) has been defined by investigating: age-dependence, time-dependence, hormonal dose-dependence, and lag-time of the enzyme re-expression; half-life of the induced enzyme activity; dynamics of the enzyme reappearance in the liver tissue. Hydrocortisone-acetate (HC) or dexamethasone (DEX) were administered to the animals starting 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 d before killing, at the doses of 25 micrograms or 1 microgram/(g b. w. x d), respectively. In 14 d old rats, after a lag-time of about 20 h (DEX) or 30 h (HC), GGT activity progressively increased up to 38 and 31 times the control value, respectively, at 5th d; the enzyme re-expression was linearly hormone dose-dependent; half-life of the induced enzyme activity was about 36 h. In 21 d old rats, GGT re-induction behaved as in 14 d old animals, except that the induced activity was about half that of each correspondent treatment. In 28 d old rats, a very low but significant GGT activity was re-expressed only after hormonal treatments longer than 48 h. In 35 and 77 d old rats, significant GGT activity was never re-induced. GGT was re-expressed in liver parenchyma, with a defined space-course. In 14 ...Continue Reading


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