The occurrence of albumin in the rat liver. A light and electron microscope immunocytochemical study.
The indirect immunoperoxidase method was used to identify albumin in hepatocytes of rats before and after periods of starvation. All hepatocytes in fed rats contained a relatively large amount of nascent albumin. Overnight fasting reduced the number of hepatocytes with a large amount of albumin to primarily those surrounding terminal hepatic venules. These were estimated to be about 30% of the population. The other cells had only a slight amount of albumin. After 48 h of fasting all hepatocytes contained a low level of albumin.