Whole body autoradiography revealed that the distribution pattern of [14C]aminotriazole in the mouse liver was homogeneous after intravenous administration of the labeled agent and then became heterogeneous (or reticular). Microautoradiography by dry-moun-ting method revealed that the macroscopic heterogeneous pattern was due to the central localization of the radioactive compound in the hepatic lobule.
The present studies indicated that the heterogeneous distribution could be explained as follows. The amount of [14C]aminotriazole circulated to the liver was large since the compound was not so significantly distributed in non-hepatic tissues: distribution pattern was homogeneous in the liver. This was shown by whole body autoradiography and radiometry of tissues. A part of [14C]aminotriazole radioactivity present in the liver was gradually bound covalently to hepatic macromolecules. This was shown by whole body autoradi-ography after whole body sections of the mouse were extracted by acid, and by the biochemical fractionation of the liver. The cova-lently bound radioactivity alone became apparent in centrilobular hepatocytes: the distribution was heterogeneous. This was shown by microautoradiography and by the finding that the elimination rate of the bound radioactivity was slower than that of unbound radioactivity.
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Fujii, T., Miyazaki, H. & Hashimoto, M. Autoradiographic and biochemical studies of drug distribution in the liver III. [14C] Aminotriazole. European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics 9, 257–265 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03189649