1993 Volume 16 Issue 11 Pages 1108-1110
pancreatic metallothionein (MT) and zinc levels were measured after the administration of 4-aminopyrazolo(3, 4-d)pyrimidine (4APP) to mice to determine the role of pancreatic MT. 4APP was found to increase the pancreatic MT level dose-dependently; the pancreatic MT level in mice administered 175 mg/kg of 4APP was 3.9 fold higher than that in control mice. When 40 mg/kg or less of 4APP was administered, the zinc concentration of the pancreatic cytosol fraction did not differ from that in control mice, while after 175 mg/kg of 4APP it was 1.7-fold higher. There was no difference in plasma glucose and insulin levels between the controls and mice administered 175 mg/kg of 4APP, although the plasma α-amylase activity was reduced in the latter. Moreover, a linear negative relationship was observed between pancreatic MT level and plasma α-amylase activity (r=-0.795, p<0.01).These findings suggest that pancreatic MT is affected by the disruption of the exocrine function in 4APP-administered mouse pancreas.