The use of monochlorobimane and confocal laser scanning microscopy to measure the intracellular distribution of reduced glutathione in rat hepatocytes

D. Stevenson, D. Wokosin, J. Girkin, M.H. Grant

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Abstract

Intracellular reduced glutathione (GSH) plays a key role in protecting cells from toxicity by maintaining intracellular redox status, conjugating with electrophilic xenobiotics and free radicals, and detoxifying reactive peroxides. Several toxic chemicals interact with GSH during their metabolism, and in many cases it would be advantageous to monitor intracellular GSH distribution during that process. We present a novel method to monitor intracellular GSH levels utilising a new laser light source, InGaN laser, for confocal microscopy and fluorescent detection of monochlorobimane (mBCl) binding to GSH. The sensitivity of the method was compared with that obtained using o-phthalaldehyde (OPT) as a fluorochrome. In the presence of a source of glutathione S-transferase (GST), mBCl was specific for GSH, forming a fluorescent conjugate that was retained in hepatocytes for at least 35 min. mBCl was able to detect the GSH depleting effects caused by progressive inhibition of GSH synthesis by increasing concentrations of buthionine sulfoximine. It effectively monitored the rapid effects of menadione and chromium VI metabolism on intracellular GSH levels in the cytosol and nuclear compartments of the cells. The combination of a specific stain, a novel laser light source and confocal microscopy provide a valuable system for mechanistic studies of intracellular GSH distribution in toxicology studies.
LanguageEnglish
Pages114-115
Number of pages1
JournalToxicology
Volume168
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Confocal Microscopy
Glutathione
Rats
Hepatocytes
Microscopic examination
Confocal microscopy
Scanning
Metabolism
Light sources
Lasers
o-Phthalaldehyde
Buthionine Sulfoximine
Vitamin K 3
Light
Poisons
Peroxides
Xenobiotics
Glutathione Transferase
Fluorescent Dyes
Cytosol

Keywords

  • vertebrata
  • laser microscope
  • light microscopy
  • confocal microscopy
  • fluorescent labelling
  • glutathione
  • intracellular

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