Effect of administration of 2-methyl-4-dimethylaminoazobenzene on the half-lives of rat liver mitochondria and cytochrome oxidase

P. Saikumar, C. K.Ramakrishna Kurup

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The turnover of total mitochondrial proteins and cytochrome oxidase in the livers of rats administered with 2-methyl-4-dimethylaminoazobenzene (2-Me-DAB) has been determined. The incorporation of [14C]bicarbonate revealed a half-life of 3.1 days in control and 6 to 9 days in azodye administered animals for whole mitochondrial proteins. The incorporation of [35S]methionine yielded t 1 2 values of 8.5 days and 15.4 days, respectively. The t 1 2 of cytochrome oxidase, 10.8 days for control and 19.3 days for 2-Me-DAB-treated animals, indicated that the delay in the decay of the enzyme was of the same order as that of whole mitochondria. Short term incorporation revealed that the administration of the azodye stimulated the synthesis of the enzyme. Mitochondria isolated from azodye-administered animals appeared less susceptible to lysosomal proteolysis. Also, azodye administration seemed to impair the ability of lysosomes to degrade mitochondria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalBBA - General Subjects
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 29 1985
Externally publishedYes



  • (Rat liver)
  • Cytochrome oxidase
  • Methyldimethylaminoazobenzene
  • Mitochondria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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