UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs), in addition to their role in overall pharmacokinetics, play important roles in local protection of cells against toxins and in the control of endogenous receptor ligands. UGT1A6, which conjugates planar phenols, appears to be expressed in many organs, but information on cell-specific expression in these organs is controversial or absent. Therefore, a non-isotopic in situ hybridization method was developed and applied to localize UGT1A6 expression in rat testis and brain. It was found that UGT1A6 is expressed in Sertoli cells and spermatogonia of rat testis and in brain neurons, in particular in hippocampal pyramidal cells and Purkinje cells of the cerebellum. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Inc.
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