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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1991 Oct 31;180(2):525-30.

In situ measurement of HMG-CoA reductase activity in digitonin-permeabilized hepatocytes.

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Laboratory of Veterinary Biochemistry, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.


An assay procedure for HMG-CoA reductase is described which allows rapid measurement of the activity of this enzyme in isolated rat hepatocytes. In a one step procedure digitonin permeabilizes the plasma membrane and at the same time HMG-CoA reductase activity is measured. Digitonin at a concentration of 64 micrograms per mg of cell protein was found to be optimal for exposing microsomal HMG-CoA reductase to the assay components. The enzyme assay is linear with time up til 5 min and with protein concentrations in the range of 0.06-0.6 mg of cell protein per assay. It is shown that cellular enzyme activity is affected by preincubation of intact hepatocytes with a variety of short-term modulators of hepatic cholesterogenesis.

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