Immunogold cytochemistry of cytochromes P-450 in porcine adrenal cortex - Two enzymes (side-chain cleavage and 11 beta-hydroxylase) are co-localized in the same mitochondria

H. J. Geuze, J. W. Slot, K. Yanagibashi, J. A. McCracken, A. L. Schwartz, P. F. Hall

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Abstract

In order to study the distribution of mitochondrial cytochromes P-450 in porcine adrenal glands, the glands of anesthetized pigs were fixed in situ. Polyclonal antibodies against two cytochromes P-450, i.e., C27 sidechain cleavage enzyme and 11 beta-hydroxylase, were used to study the distribution of these enzymes in cryosections of the adrenal cortex. Ultrathin cryosections were evaluated by both protein-A/gold/silver immunocytochemistry and immunielectron microscopy using double labeling with protein-A/colloidal-gold. At light microscopy, the two cytochrome P-450 enzymes were found to be broadly distributed in both the fasciculata and glomerulosa zones of the adrenal cortex. Quantitative immunoelectron microscopy revealed that both enzymes were localized only in mitochondria, in which they were present on the inner aspects of the inner mitochondrial membrane. Both cytochromes P-450 were demonstrable in all of the mitochondria examined, and statistical evaluation of the ratios of the two enzymes present in individual mitochondria yielded a normal distribution curve. Since no evidence was found for the preferential localization of either enzyme in a special population of mitochiondria, we conclude that all mitochondria of the adrenal cortex contain both enzymes. We discuss implications of these findings with respect to the regulation of steroidogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-557
Number of pages7
JournalHistochemistry
Volume86
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1987

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