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

[3H]-amino acid uptake and metabolic studies on Gigantocotyle explanatum and Gastrothylax crumenifer (Digenea: Paramphistomidae).

The amphistomes Gigantocotyle explanatum and Gastrothylax crumenifer utilize leucine, alanine, proline and methionine during in vitro incubations. Autoradiography on sections of these flukes reveal a time-dependent differential incorporation of tritium-labelled amino acids in various tissues. The tegument appears to be the primary surface through which amino acids are absorbed. Following absorption, the reappearance of [3H]-leucine and [3H]-alanine on the tegumental surface during late chase periods indicates their possible involvement in tegumental secretion. A combination of diffusion and carrier-mediated uptake, possibly involving gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase, is indicated. The transport loci show differences in carrier-affinity (Kt) and maximum uptake velocities (Vmax) for amino acids under study, which suggest multiple transport molecules. Metabolic studies reveal that aspartate, alanine, ornithine, proline, leucine and methionine undergo transamination through 2-oxoglutarate-linked transaminases, distributed in the cytosolic and mitochondrial fractions of G. explanatum and G. crumenifer. With the exception of alanine transaminase, the enzyme levels in the cytosolic fraction were higher than the mitochondrial fraction of the two amphistomes. Predominantly cytosolic glutamate dehydrogenase which was comparatively higher in G. explanatum, catalyse amination of alpha-ketoglutarate. A high level of cytosolic arginase alone does not indicate a functional urea cycle. A tentative pathway of amino acid metabolism in these amphistomes is proposed.[1]


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