[3H]nafenopin, a known inducer of liver peroxisomal enzymes, was shown to bind to a specific, saturable pool of binding sites in cytosols from rat liver and kidney cortex. Tissue levels of this binding protein (liver > kidney cortex; not detectable in myocardium, skeletal muscle) were seen to correlate with the ability of nafenopin to induce peroxisomal enzymes in these organs. Clofibrate and ciprofibrate, which are structurally similar to nafenopin, competitively blocked the specific binding of [3H]nafenopin. Phenobarbital, a non-inducer of peroxisomes, and [4-chloro-6-(2,3-xylidino)-2-pyrimidinylthio]acetic acid and 4-chloro-6-(2,3-xylidino)-2-pyrimidinylthio(N-β-hydroxyethyl)acetamide, which are structurally unrelated peroxisome proliferators, did not compete for the specific [3H]nafenopin binding sites. The [3H]nafenopin binding protein is proposed as a mediator of the drug-induced increase in peroxisomes and associated peroxisomal enzymes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Oct 31 1983|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology