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Factors affecting the premature induction of tyrosine aminotransferase in foetal rat liver.

ABSTRACT: 1. Premature delivery of foetal rats by uterine section results in the rapid appearance of tyrosine aminotransferase activity in foetal liver, after an initial lag period of 3-6hr. 2. The premature induction of activity is completely repressible by actinomycin D given soon after delivery and partially repressible by puromycin and amino acid analogues. 3. Glucagon injections into foetal rats in utero lead to production of tyrosine aminotransferase in the foetal liver, but adrenalin and nor-adrenalin are without effect. 4. Injections of glucose, galactose, fructose and mannose into prematurely delivered rats repress the development of tyrosine aminotransferase activity about 50% when they are given 2hr. after delivery, but glucose has no significant effect when injected at delivery. 5. The results are discussed in relation to current hypotheses on the role of hormones in enzyme induction in foetal development.


PROVIDER: S-EPMC1198812 | BioStudies | 1968-01-01

SECONDARY ACCESSION(S): 10.1042/bj1080333

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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