A rapid and simple method for preparing freeze-clamped tissue samples for metabolite determinations is described. Freeze-clamped rat heart tissue samples weighing from 0.8 to 1.0 g were homogenized directly in an Ultra-Turrax homogenizer for 60 s in 3.5 ml of ice-cold 0.6 M HClO4 without pulverizing them in liquid nitrogen. After centrifugation, the pellet was rehomogenized in the Ultra-Turrax homogenizer for 30 s in 1.5 ml of HClO4. Following a further centrifugation the extracts were combined and the pH was adjusted to 7.0 by adding 5 M K2CO3. The neutralized supernatant was used for the desired assays. The analyses of the tissue extracts obtained from isolated perfused rat hearts by the present method give similar results for different kinds of metabolites than those processed according to the previous classical method. Moreover, the values of the various parameters determined from the tissue extracts prepared according to the method described here are similar to the data reported in literature. The method can be readily applied to any other freeze-clamped tissue. The greatest improvement obtained is that the homogenization procedure can be accomplished easily and conveniently in about one-tenth of the time required for the earlier classical method without the time-consuming and unpleasant tissue grinding in liquid nitrogen.
|Titolo:||A method for preparing freeze-clamped tissue samples for metabolite analyses|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1989|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|