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Biochem Int. 1990;20(4):687-95.

Distribution of high mobility group proteins in different tissues of rats during aging.

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Department of Zoology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.


The distribution of high mobility group (HMG) proteins has been studied in the liver, brain, kidney, lung, spleen, testis, thymus, and heart of young (19 weeks) and old (118 weeks) rats. These proteins were extracted with perchloric acid, fractionated by CM-Sephadex column chromatography, and analysed by acetic acid-urea polyacrylamide slab gel electrophoresis. As compared with that in young rats, the level of total HMG proteins in the old increased in liver and lung, decreased in thymus, heart, brain, and kidney, and remained unchanged in spleen and testis. In particular, the levels of HMG 1 and 2 were maximum in the thymus of young rats and dropped drastically in the old. However, the amount of HMG 17 was high in the spleen of both young and old rats, though it was comparatively higher in the former. Such age-dependent variation in the level of HMG proteins of different tissues denotes indirectly differences in the functional state of chromatin, and in growth and activity of cells, during aging.

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