PMID: 5911517Mar 1, 1966

The effect of 4-dimethylamino-3'-methylazobenzene on 14-C-labelled amino acid incorporation by rat-liver polysome preparations

The Biochemical Journal
A O Hawtrey, L D Nourse


1. The incorporation of (14)C-labelled amino acids into polysomal protein was studied in a system consisting of polysomes and pH5 enzyme obtained 4 and 40hr. after a single intraperitoneal injection of 4-dimethylamino-3'-methylazobenzene. Labelling of the polysome fraction of preparations of both the 4hr.-treated and 40hr.-treated rats was considerably higher than in the normal control. 2. In further experiments on protein synthesis by polysomes from azo-dye-treated rats, the effect of replacing pH5 enzyme with cell sap was studied. Incorporation of (14)C-labelled amino acids into polysomal protein was similar to that of the control. 3. Aggregate size of polysomes obtained from rats injected previously with 4-dimethylamino-3'-methylazobenzene was studied by sucrose-gradient centrifugation. Polysomes prepared at 4hr. after azo-dye administration contained a considerable amount of large aggregates (approx. 700s), whereas at 40hr. after administration of the azo-dye the amount of large aggregates was less than in the control. 4. Determination of the ultraviolet spectra of polysome preparations from both normal and azo-dye-treated rats revealed no difference between the preparations. On the other hand, the ultraviolet spectra of ce...Continue Reading

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