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Eur J Cell Biol. 1998 Apr;75(4):389-92.

Heterogeneous carbamoylphosphate synthetase I expression in testicular transplants of fetal mouse liver.

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Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Shizuoka University, Oya, Japan.


Expression of carbamoylphosphate synthetase I (CPSI; EC was examined immunohistochemically in normal development of the mouse liver, and in testicular transplants of fetal liver fragments. CPSI started to be expressed in all hepatocytes around 15 days of gestation, and became heterogeneous (i.e. absent from pericentral hepatocytes) around 2 weeks after birth. Most hepatocytes in fetal liver fragments placed for 2 months under the testicular capsule expressed this enzyme except for the pericentral ones, most of which were positively stained with anti-glutamine synthetase (GS; EC antiserum. This distribution resembled that in the adult liver. The steep change in CPSI immunostaining in liver lobules suggests that the microenvironment tightly connected to the central veins plays an important role in the suppression of CPSI expression in the pericentral hepatocytes. Some pericentral hepatocytes were also negative for both enzymes. Thus, control mechanisms of CPSI expression may be different from those of GS expression in pericentral hepatocytes.

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