Different patterns in the induction of metallothionein mRNA synthesis among isoforms after acute ethanol administration

Shin Ichi Ono, Yuriko Ishizaki, Ei Ichi Tokuda, Kei Ichi Tabata, Satoru Asami, Takashi Suzuki

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The induction of metallothionein (MT) isoform synthesis was investigated in mouse cerebral cortex 18 h after oral ethanol administration. The expression of MT-I isoform mRNA increased in a dose-dependent manner after ethanol loading at doses between 2 g/kg (ethanol/body weight) and 8 g/kg. Lipid peroxide formation, measured as the amount of malondialdehyde- reactive substances, remained at the control level after all of the administered ethanol doses. The expression of MT-III isoform mRNA remained at the control level up until an ethanol loading dose of 4 g/kg and then finally increased to a significant level at a dose of 8 g/kg, which is almost the LD50 for oral ethanol in mice. The different patterns of MT synthesis induction among MT isoforms suggests that the MT-I isoform, which is ubiquitous in mammalian tissues, plays a significant role as an antioxidant. On the other hand, the MT-III isoform, which has a limited tissue distribution, especially in the central nervous system, seems to be implicated in tissue repair and/or protection against critical tissue injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-156
Number of pages10
JournalBiological Trace Element Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Feb


  • Antioxidants
  • Metallothionein isoforms
  • Tissue repair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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