Apr 1, 1976

Inhibition by sulfobromophthalein of mitochondrial translocation of anions and adenine nucleotides: effects upon liver adenosine triphosphate and possible correlation with inhibition of bile flow in the rat

The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Y Laperche, P Oudea


Unconjugated sulfobromophthalein (BSP) inhibits state III respiration of rat liver mitochondria. It competitively inhibits the translocation into mitochondria of citrate, malate, phosphate and adenosine diphosphate, as studied by the inhibitor stop method. A double-beam spectrophotometric study strongly suggests that glutamate translocation is similarly inhibited. After perfusion of 65 mumol/hr/100 g for 90 minutes, bile flow is inhibited by 82% and liver adenosine triphosphate (ATP) falls by 60%. The amount of mitochondrial BSP can be computed form the amount of [35S] BSP still bound to mitochondria that are prepared at the end of such experiments; the amount of BSP lost during the isolation procedure is estimated from parallel experiments following binding of BSP in vitro. Comparison of the kinetic constants of mitochondrial transport and of their inhibition by BSP on the one hand and of liver concentration of substrates and BSP on the other gives rise to the conclusion that a strong inhibition of transports, mainly of phosphate, occurs in vivo and is responsible for the concomitant decrease in bile flow.

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Depression, Chemical
Mitochondria, Liver
Oxygen Consumption
Adenine Nucleotides
Adenosine Triphosphate, Chromium Ammonium Salt
Biliary Sludge

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