Lymph esterases of the house mouse (Mus musculus)--I. Identification and possible origins of abdominal lymph esterases

Comp Biochem Physiol B. 1988;91(1):171-7. doi: 10.1016/0305-0491(88)90131-9.


1. Abdominal lymph was obtained from Mus musculus by cannulation of the thoracic duct: lymph esterases were identified by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Seven known esterases (ES-1, ES-2, ES-5, ES-27, SE-I, SE-II and SE-III) and a newly described activity (SE-IV) were demonstrated, all of which were also present in serum. 2. Electrophoretic staining intensities indicated that the lymph esterases were less concentrated than the corresponding activities in serum, with the single exception of ES-2. This finding was supported by quantitative immunoelectrophoresis of ES-1 and ES-2 (two allozymes each). 3. The jejunum appeared to be the origin of lymph ES-2 by a comparison of organ distribution of the allozymes ES-2B and ES-2D and by monitoring the re-appearance of ES-2 in several organs, serum and lymph after total inhibition in vivo by bis-p-nitrophenyl phosphate.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen
  • Animals
  • Carboxylesterase
  • Carboxylic Ester Hydrolases / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Carboxylic Ester Hydrolases / isolation & purification*
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • Isoenzymes / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Isoenzymes / isolation & purification
  • Jejunum / enzymology
  • Kidney / enzymology
  • Liver / enzymology
  • Lymph / enzymology*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred Strains
  • Nitrophenols / pharmacology


  • Isoenzymes
  • Nitrophenols
  • bis(4-nitrophenyl)phosphate
  • Carboxylic Ester Hydrolases
  • Carboxylesterase