Aug 23, 1976

Activity and properties of CTP: cholinephosphate cytidylyltransferase in adult and fetal rat lung

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
W SternP A Weinhold


Cholinephosphate cytidylyltransferase (CTP : cholinephosphate cytidylyltransferase, EC is located in both the microsomal and supernatant fractions of adult lung when the tissue is homogenized in 0.145 M NaCl. The activity is located predominantly in the supernatant fraction in fetal lung. Cholinephosphate cytidylyltransferase in the supernatant from fetal lung is stimulated 4- to 6-fold by the additions of total lung lipid. Serine phosphoglycerides and inositol phosphoglycerides specifically caused stimulation whereas choline phosphoglycerides and ethanolamine phosphoglycerides produced no stimulation. Lysophosphatidylcholine cause some stimulation, but only at high concentrations. A number of detergents were investigated. All produced inhibition except for the ampholytic detergent, miranol H2M which was not inhibitory. None of the detergents produced any stimulation of activity. Cytidylyltransferase activity in fetal lung when assayed in the absence of lipid is about 25% of the adult. The activity when assayed in the presence of lipid is equal or slightly higher than adult levels. The activity, measured without added phospholipid, increases 5- to 6-fold within 12 h after birth, to values higher than in the adult. The...Continue Reading

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Fetal Structures
Cytosine Nucleotides
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Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
Cytoplasmic Matrix

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