The microtubule poisons colchicine and vinblastine caused a reduction in the biliary output of total protein, compared with controls, in bile-fistula rats. The various protein components of bile showed patterns of change in output differing from one another. Alkaline phosphodiesterase I, a ‘plasma-membrane’ enzyme, showed a decline in output during the first hour after drug administration. Immunoglobulin A output did not decline until after the first hour. In contrast with these reductions, the biliary output of (rat) plasma albumin into bile was increased. At no time was there any evidence (as measured by lactate dehydrogenase release into bile) for any cytolytic damage. These results are discussed in relation to current theories on the output of proteins into bile and the repair of the plasma membrane in the bile canaliculus.

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