1. Relative rates of enzyme inactivation were measured in liver slices, homogenates and cytosol fractions as well as in the presence of trypsin and at acid pH. The enzymes chosen are all present in the cytosol fraction of rat liver, and have widely different degradation rate constants in vivo. 2. The inactivation rates of lactate dehydrogenase, fructose bisphosphate aldolase, glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase, glucokinase, phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (GTP), l-serine dehydratase and thymidine kinase in liver preparations at neutral pH are in a similar order to the rate constants of degradation of these enzymes in the intact animal. 3. The two exceptions of this general correlation were tyrosine aminotransferase, which was stable in vitro but not in vivo, and glyceraldehyde phosphate dehydrogenase, which shows the reverse pattern. 4. These findings generally support the concept that the same factors are responsible for enzyme inactivation in vitro as occur in the intact tissue.

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