Human (normal and adenomatous) and rat (normal) adrenocortical cells were incubated in vitro with colloidal gold labeled low-density (LDL-Au) and high-density (HDL-Au) lipoproteins, respectively, in order to visualize lipoprotein binding and internalization at an electron microscopic level. Both normal and adenomatous human adrenocortical cells accumulated LDL-Au by receptor-mediated endocytosis via coated pits, coated vesicles, noncoated vesicles, and lysosomes. HDL-Au was not internalized. In rat adrenocortical cells, both HDL-Au and to a lesser extent LDL-Au were internalized. It is concluded that LDL-Au and HDL-Au conjugates can be used to identify lipoprotein receptors and to follow lipoprotein internalization in adrenocortical cells.
- adrenal adenomas
- electron microscopy
- human and rat adrenocortical cells
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Biochemistry