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Decreased cytosolic levels of the heme binding Z protein in rat hepatocyte nodules and hepatocellular carcinomas.

Cancer Lett 1988 Dec 1;43(1-2):55-8

Roomi MW; Vincent SH; Farber E; Muller-Eberhard U
Department of Pathology, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Hepatocyte nodules and hepatocellular carcinomas were induced in male Fischer rats using the resistant hepatocyte model. The immunoreactive cytosolic levels of the heme-binding Z protein (HBP) were reduced by 56% (P less than 0.001; 2-tailed t-test) in early hepatocyte nodules (25 weeks) and hepatocellular carcinomas (10-12 months). This finding is in accordance with the previously reported reduced heme content of hepatocyte nodules and is consistent with the postulated role for HBP in intracellular heme transport and distribution. The immunoreactive levels of the glutathione S-transferase isozymes (GST) which like HBP bind heme, were elevated 2-fold (P less than 0.01) in early and late hepatocyte nodules and were unchanged in hepatocellular carcinomas.