In vivo and in vitro (tissue slices) incorporation of labeled precursors into DNA, RNA, and proteins was measured in mitochondria obtained from cerebral hemispheres, cerebellum, and brain stem of rats at different days of postnatal development. To compare the synthesis of macromolecules in mitochondria with that in other subcellular fractions, the incorporation of labeled precursors into DNA, RNA, and proteins extracted from nuclei and into RNA and proteins extracted from microsomes and cytoplasmic soluble fractions was also measured. The results obtained showed that the incorporation of [3H]thymidine into DNA and of [14C]leucine into proteins of nuclei and mitochondria from the various brain regions examined decreased during postnatal development; however, at 30 days of age the specific radioactivity of mitochondrial DNA was higher than that of nuclear DNA. [3H]Uridine incorporation into RNA decreased from 10 to 30 days of age in nuclei while in mitochondria it was quite similar at both ages. This result may be due to a faster turnover of mitochondrial RNA compared to that of mitochondrial DNA and proteins. The results obtained suggest an active biosynthesis of macromolecules in brain mitochondria and might indicate an intense biogenesis of these organelles in rat brain during postnatal development.
|Titolo:||Mitochondrial DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis in different regions of developing rat brain|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1979|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|