Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 221–224 | Cite as

In vitro acetylation of the liver HMG non-histone proteins and its modulation by spermine and dexamethasone during aging of rats

  • S. Prasad
  • M. K. Thakur
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Abstract

The in vitro acetylation of HMG proteins was studied using liver slices of young (18-week) and old (138-week) male rats. Acetylation of total HMG proteins is lower in old age. The incorporation of (14C) acetate into individual HMG proteins varies remarkably with advancing age. Whereas acetylation of high mol. wt. proteins (HMG 1 and 2) is higher, that of low mol. wt. proteins (HMG 14 and 17) is lower in the liver of young rats as compared to the old ones. Spermine stimulates the acetylation of HMG 1 and 14 in young and HMG 1, 2 and 14 in old age. It inhibits the acetylation of HMG 17 in both ages. Dexamethasone decreases the level of incorporation of (14C) into HMG 1 and 17 in young and HMG 14 and 17 in old rats. On the other hand, it stimulates the acetylation of HMG 14 by two-fold in young and that of HMG 1 and 2 by more than three-fold in old rats. Such alteration in the acetylation of HMG proteins may account for age-related changes in the structure and function of chromatin.

Key words

HMG proteins acetylation modulators aging rat liver 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Prasad
    • 1
  • M. K. Thakur
    • 1
  1. 1.Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Laboratory, Centre of Advanced Study in ZoologyBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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