PMID: 7752844Jan 1, 1994

Uptake and distribution of exogenous CoQ in the mitochondrial fraction of perfused rat liver

Molecular Aspects of Medicine
M L GenovaM Marchetti


The system of perfusing rat livers has been used to evaluate the uptake and incorporation of liposomal CoQ10 into mitochondria. After 90 minutes of perfusion the cells are strongly enriched in CoQ10 up to levels of the same order of magnitude as CoQ9. Heavy and light mitochondrial crude subcellular fractions, low in CoQ10 in control livers, contain high amounts of the quinone after perfusion; yet the purification of these fractions on a metrizamide gradient reveals that the exogenous quinone is mainly associated with the light mitochondrial subfraction, enriched in lysosomes. An increase of the NAD-dependent glutamate-malate oxidase activity is observed in CoQ10 perfused animals. As the total levels of CoQ9 + CoQ10 in these animals are not significantly modified by the CoQ10 incorporated, the observed higher activity is not ascribable to an integration of exogenous quinone into the ubiquinone pool. An antioxidant effect of extramitochondrial CoQ10 on mitochondrial functions is suggested.


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