Changes in the catalytic activities of proteoglycan-degrading lysosomal enzymes in parenchymal and non-parenchymal liver cells and in serum during the development of experimental liver fibrosis.

The catalytic activities of 4 glycosidases (hyaluronate-4-glycanohydrolase (EC, beta-N-acetyl-D-glucosaminidase (EC, beta-glucuronidase (EC, alpha-L-iduronidase (EC, of the arylsulphatases A and B (EC and of the protease cathepsin D (EC were measured in extracts from hepatocytes and non-parenchymal cells and in serum during the development of thioacetamide-induced rat liver fibrosis (22 weeks). In non-parenchymal liver cells the catalytic activities of beta-N-acetyl-D-glucosaminidase, beta-glucuronidase, alpha-L-iduronidase and cathepsin D were increased significantly during chronic liver damage, but that of hyaluronate-4-glycanohydrolase was reduced by 40 to 65% during the period of application of thioacetamide. The catalytic activities of the arylsulphatases were lowered by 65% compared to control values in the 12th week but with advancing liver damage the catalytic activities returned to nearly normal values. Parenchymal cells of rats, which had been liver-damaged for 6 months, contained strongly elevated activities of beta-glucuronidase, beta-N-acetyl-D-glucosaminidase, arylsulphatases A and B, and cathepsin D but only slightly increased activities of hyaluronate-4-glycanohydrolase and alpha-L-iduronidase, respectively. In the serum of liver-damaged rats the activity of alpha-L-iduronidase was strongly elevated, while that of N-acetyl-beta-D-glucosaminidase was only slightly increased. The activities of beta-glucuronidase and of arylsulphatases A and B were decreased during the whole period of treatment. The catalytic functions of hyaluronate-4-glycanohydrolase and of cathepsin D, respectively, were decreased initially, but both enzyme activities were elevated during the more advanced stages of long term thioacetamide treatment.
AuthorsW Weber, T Kehrer, A M Gressner, H W Stuhlsatz, H Greiling
JournalJournal of clinical chemistry and clinical biochemistry. Zeitschrift für klinische Chemie und klinische Biochemie (J Clin Chem Clin Biochem) Vol. 21 Issue 5 Pg. 287-93 (May 1983) ISSN: 0340-076X [Print] GERMANY, WEST
PMID6875476 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Proteoglycans
  • Thioacetamide
  • Sulfatases
  • Arylsulfatases
  • Glycoside Hydrolases
  • Cathepsins
  • Cathepsin D
  • Animals
  • Arylsulfatases (metabolism)
  • Cathepsin D
  • Cathepsins (metabolism)
  • Glycoside Hydrolases (metabolism)
  • Liver (enzymology, pathology)
  • Liver Cirrhosis, Experimental (enzymology, pathology)
  • Lysosomes (enzymology)
  • Male
  • Proteoglycans (metabolism)
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Sulfatases (metabolism)
  • Thioacetamide (toxicity)

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