We have previously shown that adipocytes from adult (between four and five months old) rats have reduced glucagon binding and glucagon-stimulated lipolytic activity when compared with cells from young (1.5 months old) animals. In the present study we measured specific [125I] glucagon binding by purified liver plasma membranes isolated from young and adult rats. When expressed on the basis of membrane protein content, 5'-nucleotidase activity, or specific [125I] insulin binding, the extent of [125I]glucagon binding by liver membranes was not influenced by aging. Furthermore, the degree of [125I] glucagon degradation was the same in both membrane preparations. These data describe a unique condition in which glucagon binding and hormone sensitivity diminish in one tissue but remain unaltered in another.

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