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Reciprocal cortisol-cortisone conversions in the total tissue and subcellular fractions of foetal and adult guinea pig liver

Authors
Journal
Journal of Steroid Biochemistry
0022-4731
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
1
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0022-4731(70)90035-x

Abstract

Abstract A mixture of cortisol- 3H and cortisone- 14C was administered to guinea pig foetuses in situ at mid-term and full-term gestation and to adult guinea pigs. After 30 min the radioactivity recovered in the liver accounted for 3–11% of the administered dose. In the foetal liver at midterm a significant percentage of cortisol was converted to cortisone, but the reverse conversion did not occur. The latter conversion took place to a small extent at the end of gestation. In the liver of the adult animals conversion occurred in both directions. In the foetal liver the greater part of the radioactivity was unconjugated. On the other hand, in adult liver tissues conjugated radioactive material accounted for 27–30%. Five to fourteen per cent of the total radioactivity in the hepatic cells was associated with the nuclear fraction and 60–80% of the tritiated radio-active material in this fraction consisted of unchanged cortisol; unchanged cortisone accounted for 30–40%.

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