Effect of a short term fast on the distribution of cytoplasmic albumin messenger ribonucleic acid in rat liver. Evidence for formation of free albumin messenger ribonucleoprotein particles

S. H. Yap, R. K. Strair, D. A. Shafritz

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Abstract

Recently, using molecular hybridization techniques with albumin [3H]cDNA, we have determined that in normally fed rats 98% of total liver polyribosomal albumin mRNA sequences are found in membrane-bound polyribosomes. We now observe that a 24- to 30-h withdrawal of food leads to major changes in the amount and subcellular distribution of albumin mRNA molecules. The total amount of cytoplasmic albumin mRNA per liver and concentration of albumin mRNA per unit of membrane-bound polyribosomal RNA are decreased. However, the proportion of albumin mRNA present in the postribosomal supernatant fraction increases dramatically in a short term fast, so that it now represents 60% of total cytoplasmic albumin mRNA sequences. Most of the albumin mRNA sequences in the postribosomal supernatant fraction sediment between 30S and 50S. These findings suggest that albumin mRNA is probably stored in the messenger ribonucleoprotein fraction during the fasting state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4944-4950
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume253
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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