Chloroquine-induced lysosomal abnormalities in cultured foetal mouse hearts

Robert M. Ridout, Robert S. Decker, Kern Wildenthal

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Chloroquine (100 μm) induces abnormalities of lysosomal structure in cultured mouse hearts. After 1 or 2 days' exposure to the drug, large autophagic vacuoles with myeloid figures and inclusion bodies develop within myocytes and interstitial cells. Secondary lysosomes in interstitial cells occasionally contain cardiac myofilaments. In addition, after 2 days, the amounts of cathepsin D and β-acetylglucosaminidase decrease significantly, along with a significant redistribution of enzyme activity between sedimentable and non-sedimentable fractions. The results suggest that chloroquine is a useful experimental agent for causing lysosomal derangements in cardiac tissues under controlled conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-180,IN1-IN4,181-183
JournalJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1978


  • Acid phosphatase
  • Autophagy
  • Beta-acetylglucosaminidase
  • Cathepsin D
  • Chloroquine
  • Cytochemistry
  • Foetal mouse heart
  • Lysosomes
  • Organ culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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