We studied the distribution of lysosomes in differentiating human muscle cells in culture treated with propranolol, leupeptin and chloroquine. Chloroquine treated cells showed a significant vacuolization and an increase of the lysosomal apparatus as assessed by cytochemical analysis of the lysosomal enzyme acid phosphatase and by acridine orange staining. At electron microscopic level, an increase of lysosome-like bodies and disorganization of the contractile apparatus were demonstrated in multinucleated myotubes. These alterations observed in cultured muscle cells suggest that lysosomotropic agents may be harmful.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||European journal of basic and applied histochemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 1991|
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