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Hoppe Seylers Z Physiol Chem. 1984 May;365(5):555-66.

[Mechanism of action of silibinin. V. Effect of silibinin on the synthesis of ribosomal RNA, mRNA and tRNA in rat liver in vivo].

[Article in German]


The influence of the flavonolignane Silibinin on the rate of RNA synthesis in rat livers was studied in detail and the time course of the stimulatory effect was determined: 8 h after i.p. application a maximal increase of about 60% in nuclear RNA synthesis can be observed. The analysis of the RNA by electrophoresis on agarose and by sucrose gradient centrifugation demonstrated that in particular the ribosomal RNA (28S, 18S, 5.8S) synthesis is accelerated followed by enhanced incorporation of rRNA into mature ribosomes. During stimulation also changes in the pattern of 45S RNA can be observed. The synthesis of mRNAs, 5S RNA and tRNAs is not influenced by Silibinin, which was shown after separation of these moieties on oligo(dT)-cellulose, and by polyacrylamid electrophoresis, respectively. The clinically observed enhancement of liver cell regeneration during Silibinin treatment thus can be explained by an increase of the protein synthetic apparatus.

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