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Tatjana A. Moskvitina, Alexey E. Medvedev
Med Sci Monit 2001; 7(1): BR17-19
The sensitivity of mitochondrial and cytosolic monoamine oxidase (MAO) activities to inhibition by specific irreversible inhibitors was investigated. There were no significant differences in the sensitivity of MAO A and MAO B activities of these fractions to selective inhibitors. However, in vivo administration of pargyline caused a much more potent inhibition of cytosolic MAO than the mitochondrial enzymes. This suggests that cytosolic MAO activity does not represent an artifact (e.g. a product of proteolytic degradation) appearing after tissue homogenisation. The higher sensitivity of cytosolic MAO to inhibitors also points to different routes for pargyline to inhibit MAO in these subcellular fractions.