Histochemical Analysis of Hepatocarcinogenesis

  • Hans Jörg Hacker
  • Gabriele Seelmann-Eggebert
  • Fritz Klimek
  • Peter Peschke
  • Rolf F. Kletzien

Abstract

The hybrid discipline of histochemistry, a borderline field between histology and analytical chemistry or biochemistry is concerned with the identification, localization and quantification of specific substances, reactive groups and sites of enzymatic activities in tissues, cells and cell organelles. Principally metabolic products or enzymes can also be assessed by biochemical analysis nowadays much more efficiently because of the development of new sensitive microchemical techniques. However, the data provided by this approach represent average values and cannot give any information about the true distribution of certain compounds in individual cells and organells. That individual cells differ markedly in their metabolic compartimentation is best illustrated by the kidney tubular system1 and even the liver which looks quite homogeneous uncovers at closer inspection the well known metabolic zonation2. Biochemical analysis becomes really difficult or cannot be performed at all when patholologically altered tissue has to be investigated in which cellular structure as well as metabolic activities may have changed. Because histochemistry offers a wide spectrum of effective methods to surmount such serious problems it turned out to be an indispensable tool for scientists in many fields from botany to histopathology which is frequently applied in toxicology and cancer research.

Keywords

Polysaccharide Pyruvate NADH Methacrylate Amylase 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Jörg Hacker
    • 1
  • Gabriele Seelmann-Eggebert
    • 1
  • Fritz Klimek
    • 1
  • Peter Peschke
    • 2
  • Rolf F. Kletzien
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Experimentelle PathologieDeutsches KrebsforschungszentrumHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Inst. f. NuklearmedizinDeutsches KrebsforschungszentrumHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Dep. of BiochemistryWest Virginia Univ.MorgantownUSA

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