Estrogen (diethylstilbestrol-DES or allylestrenol-AE) treatment applied to rats of both sexes during liver regeneration following subtotal hepatectomy had a long lasting influence on the inducibility by phenobarbital of the hepatic microsomal enzyme system of the females. The enzyme activities of the DES-treated females differed hardly from the baseline two weeks after treatment, but increased almost two-fold over control on induction with phenobarbital 5 and 7 weeks later. The AE-treated females showed a smaller although yet significant, enzyme activity increase only at 7 weeks. The influence of estrogens was negligible, and inhibitory rather than stimulatory, in the males. It appears that, in appropriate conditions, enzyme imprinting can also be induced in adult organisms, since, in all probability, availability for imprinting depends not so much on the age of the organism, as on the developmental state of the target cell.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Biochemistry, medical