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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Specific glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenating activity is deficient in cultured fibroblasts from glutaric aciduria patients.

Patients with glutaric aciduria (GA) have greatly increased urinary excretion of glutarate. Their leukocyte and fibroblast sonicates have deficient ability to produce 14CO2 from [1,5-14C]glutaryl-CoA, an enzymatic process with two sequential reaction steps, dehydrogenation and decarboxylation. In normal individuals, it is not known whether these two reaction steps require one or two enzymes, and currently it is assumed that a single enzyme, glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase ( GDH), carries out these two reactions. Since GA patients also excrete increased amounts of 3-hydroxyglutarate and glutaconate in urine, it was thought that glutaryl-CoA in these patients may be dehydrogenated but not decarboxylated. We developed a new assay specific for glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenation which measures enzyme-catalyzed tritium release from [2,3,4-3H]glutaryl-CoA, and we studied the glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenating activity in cultured normal human fibroblasts and those from patients with GA. The Michaelis constant (Km) of normal human fibroblast GDH for [2,3,4-3H]glutaryl-CoA was 5.9 microM, and activity was severely inhibited by (methylenecyclopropyl)acetyl-CoA at low concentrations. Sonicates from all five GA fibroblast lines examined showed 2-9% of control glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenating activity, corresponding to the deficient 14CO2 releasing activity. These results indicate either that the conversion of glutaryl-CoA to crotonyl-CoA is accomplished by two enzymes, and patients with GA are deficient in the activity of the first component, or alternatively, that this process is carried out by a single enzyme which is deficient in these patients. It is unlikely that urinary glutaconate and 3-hydroxyglutarate in GA patients are produced via GDH.[1]


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