PMID: 7083471Jan 1, 1982Paper

Hepatic levels of S-adenosylethionine and S-adenosylmethionine in rats and hamsters during subchronic feeding of DL-ethionine

C L Hyde, L A Poirier


The levels of S-adenosylethionine (AdoEt) and of S-adenosylmethionine (AdoMet) in the livers of weanling male rats and male and female hamsters fed ethionine for 1-6 weeks were determined. Ethionine was fed at levels of 0, 0.1, and 0.3% in the diet, and the animals were sacrificed after 0, 1, 3 and 6 weeks of treatment. In both species the hepatic contents of AdoEt were dependent upon the level of ethionine in the diet. For the 6-week experimental period the hepatic levels of AdoEt average 81 microgram/g liver in male hamsters fed 0.1% ethionine in the diet and 160 microgram/g in those fed 0.3% ethionine; the corresponding AdoEt levels in female hamsters were 104 and 191 microgram/g liver, respectively. No marked shifts in hepatic AdoEt levels were seen in either male or female hamsters although a gradual rise in hepatic AdoEt from 145 to 233 microgram/g was noted in the female hamsters receiving 0.3% ethionine in the diet for 1-6 weeks. AdoEt levels in the livers of rats fed 0.3% ethionine were quite variable with values of 123, 305 and 127 microgram/g liver noted at weeks 1, 3 and 6 respectively. In rats fed the 0.1% ethionine diet the liver AdoEt levels dropped from 103 to 61 microgram/g from weeks 1 to 6, In animals fed the...Continue Reading

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