The effect of glucocorticoid on DNA synthesis and DNA polymerase in the rat pancreas of stable mass has been studied in order to elucidate the mode of control of DNA metabolism in the tissue whose increase in DNA content has reached a steadystate. The DNA synthesis was assessed by the pulse-labeling method using radio-active thymidine as the precursor. The polymerase activity was assayed by measuring the amount of [3H]TTP incorporated in vitro into the acid insoluble fraction in the presence of activated calf thymus DNA. In the pancreas which has ceased to accumulate DNA, the effect of glucocorticoid is monophasic: administration of glucocorticoid inhibits DNA synthesis and DNA polymerase activities, but it does not elicit the subsequent stimulation of DNA synthesis and DNA polymerase activities such as that observed in the actively growing pancreas. The absence of the stimulatory effect in the older animals is an age-dependent alteration in the tissue-response to the steroid observed for the first time.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Molecular Biology
- Clinical Biochemistry