We investigated the utility of [3H]puromycin as an alternate and adjunct precursor to amino acids for measuring protein synthetic activity in rat liver slices. Slices were incubated in the presence of either [3H]puromycin or radiolabeled valine to compare the incorporation of these isotopic precursors into nascent hepatocellular proteins. Compared to liver slices from controls, comparable decreases in the incorporation of both [3H]puromycin and labeled valine were observed in experiments using slices from fasted rats and in slices preincubated with 25 mw ethanol. Radiolabeling of nascent polypeptides with either [3H]puromycin or labeled valine in liver slices from rats fed a liquid diet containing ethanol was also decreased compared to slices from pair‐fed control and chow‐fed animals. Our results demonstrated the validity of using [3H]puromycin to detect changes in protein synthetic activity under these conditions. The potential advantage of using [3H]puromycin for in vivo studies is discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Psychiatry and Mental health