Permeabilized hepatocyte couplets. Adenosine triphosphate-dependent bile canalicular contractions and a circumferential pericanalicular microfilament belt demonstrated.

The motility of bile canaliculi was examined in hepatocyte couplets permeabilized with palmitoyl lysophosphatidyl choline in a dosage regimen that drastically affected secretory function, yet maintained relative integrity of the cellular cytoskeleton. The permeabilized cells showed no exclusion of trypan blue, notable cytoplasmic organelle and membrane… (More)