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Pathways of pyrimidine nucleotide biosynthesis in gravid Angiostrongylus cantonensis.

The incorporation of radioactive precursors into pyrimidine nucleotides via de novo and salvage pathways was measured in gravid Angiostrongylus cantonensis by HPLC and thin-layer chromatography. 14C-labelled orotate, uridine, uracil and deoxyuridine were traced to UMP, UDP, UTP, UDP-glucose, dTMP, CMP, CDP and CTP. 3H-labelled cytidine was also incorporated into both uracil and cytosine nucleotides in a ratio of 2:1. Cytosine was a major end-product for all the precursors. Cytosine nucleotides were probably formed from UTP by the action of CTP synthetase whose activity in crude cell-free extract was 31.5 +/- 4.9 pmol min-1 (mg protein)-1. It was dependent on glutamine, ATP and GTP and was inhibited by CTP. The total amount of pyrimidine nucleotides formed from uridine was 3 times of that from uracil. The presence of uracil in the metabolism of uridine indicates that UMP is formed by uracil phosphoribosyltransferase as well as by uridine kinase. UMP is a key intermediate for cytidylate and thymidylate biosynthesis in the gravid worms.[1]


  1. Pathways of pyrimidine nucleotide biosynthesis in gravid Angiostrongylus cantonensis. So, N.N., Wong, P.C., Ko, R.C. Mol. Biochem. Parasitol. (1993) [Pubmed]
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