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Distribution of exogenous metallothionein following intraperitoneal and intramuscular injection of metallothionein-deficient mice.
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PMID:  23018245     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Metallothionein-I/II (MT-I/II) is a small metal-binding protein with antioxidant and neuroprotective properties, which has been used experimentally as a neurotherapeutic agent in multiple conditions. Therefore it is important to determine whether exogenous MT-I/II is retained in specific organs or expelled from the body following intramuscular and intraperitoneal injection. The distribution of exogenous MT-IIA (the major human MT-I/II isoform) was examined in MT-I/II-deficient mice, by immunohistochemistry of tissue samples and western blotting of urine samples. MT-IIA was detected within epithelial cells of the kidney cortical and medullary tubules within 1 hour of either intramuscular or intraperitoneal injection. Additionally, MT-IIA was detected within the urine at 1 hour after injection, indicating rapid absorbance into the circulation and filtration through the kidney glomerulus. A portion of the intramuscularly-injected MT-IIA remained within the muscle for at least 24 hours after injection. No MT-IIA was observed within the liver or the brain after either a single injection or a series of MT-IIA injections. These results are consistent with earlier reports that exogenously administered MT-IIA does not cross the intact blood-brain barrier, although a receptor for MT-I/II (megalin) is present in the choroid plexus. We postulate that due to losses through the urine, circulating MT-IIA levels drop rapidly after injection and do not permit transport across the choroid plexus. Peptide analogues of MT-I/II with similar neuroactive properties (emtins) may be more suited for CNS delivery.
K E Lewis; R S Chung; A K West; M I Chuah
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Histology and histopathology     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1699-5848     ISO Abbreviation:  Histol. Histopathol.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8609357     Medline TA:  Histol Histopathol     Country:  Spain    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1459-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
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