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Comp Biochem Physiol B. 1992 Jul;102(3):561-71.

Association of monoamine oxidase and malate dehydrogenase with liver peroxisomes of genetically obese (ob/ob and db/db) mice.

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School of Applied Sciences, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, U.K.


1. Liver post-nuclear supernatants (PNS) from genetically obese (ob/ob and db/db), lean (+/?), and albino mice were fractionated by dual centrifugation in B-XIV zonal rotors and subcellular fractions were analysed by marker-enzyme estimations and by electron microscopy. 2. Rate-dependent banding of PNS yielded a peroxisome-enriched region (PER) well-separated from mitochondria. 3. Density-dependent banding of PER in ob/ob and db/db mice only, yielded purified peroxisomes which were associated with malate dehydrogenase (cytosolic) and monoamine oxidase. 4. Markers for the mitochondrial matrix, intermembrane space and inner membrane compartments were absent from the peroxisomes. 5. The experimental results are interpreted as indicating that peroxisomes of genetically obese mice are either altered so that protein import is imprecise or so that their attachment to mitochondria is more extensive.

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