Betaine-homocysteine S-methyltransferase (BHMT) has been shown to be expressed at high levels in the livers of all vertebrate species tested. It has also been shown to be abundant in primate and pig kidney but notably very low in rat kidney and essentially absent from the other major organs of monogastric animals. We recently showed by enzyme activity and Western analysis that pig kidney BHMT was only expressed in the cortex and was absent from the medulla. Using immunohistochemical detection, we report here that in human, pig, and rat kidney, BHMT is expressed in the proximal tubules of the cortex. Immunohistochemical staining for BHMT in human, pig, and rat liver indicate high expression in hepatocytes. The staining patterns are consistent with cytosolic expression in both organs.
- Betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase
- End-stage renal disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology