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1. Homogenates of rat liver, spleen, heart and kidney form lipid peroxides when incubated in vitro and actively catalyse peroxide formation in emulsions of linoleic acid or linolenic acid. 2. In liver, catalytic activity is distributed throughout the nuclear, mitochondrial and microsomal fractions and is present in the 100000g supernatant. Activity is weak(More)
1. Liver microsomes form lipid peroxide when incubated with ascorbate or NADPH, but not with NADH. Increasing the concentration of ascorbate beyond the optimum (0.5mm) decreases the rate of lipid peroxide formation, but this effect does not occur with NADPH. Other reducing agents such as p-phenylenediamine or ferricyanide were not able to replace ascorbate(More)
A quantitative cytochemical method was developed for measuring the GSH (reduced glutathione) content of hepatocytes in different regions of the rat liver lobule. Use of this method enabled us to show that GSH is not evenly distributed within the rat liver lobule. The hepatocytes located within 100 micrometer of the central vein contain much less GSH than do(More)
1. Aminopyrine strongly inhibits NADPH-induced lipid peroxide formation in rat liver microsomes, but ascorbate-induced peroxidation is inhibited to a smaller extent. 2. Aminopyrine oxidation is stimulated by Mg(2+) but inhibited by Ca(2+). Concentrated solutions (10mm) of iron-chelating agents inhibit aminopyrine oxidation, but the more dilute solutions(More)
1. The dependence of the rate of oxidative demethylation in the liver endoplasmic reticulum on the fatty acid composition of the endoplasmic reticulum has been studied by varying the lipid content of the diet. 2. The rate of oxidative demethylation was markedly dependent on the percentage of linoleic acid (18:2) incorporated into the membrane. Feeding diets(More)