PMID: 10299Nov 10, 1976

Enzymatic synthesis of biopterin from D-erythrodihydroneopterin triphosphate by extracts of kidneys from Syrian golden hamsters.

The Journal of Biological Chemistry
I EtoT Shiota


An enzyme system was found in either crude homogenates of dialyzed extracts of liver, kidney, lung, and brain from Syrian golden hamsters that catalyzed the synthesis of radioactive 6(L-erythro-1',2'-dihydroxypropyl)pterin (biopterin) from [U-14C]6(D-erythro-1',2',3'-trihydroxypropyl)-7,8-dihydropterin triphosphate (D-erythrolH2neopterin-PPP) preparation. The specific radioactivity of biopterin was found to be comparable to that of D-erythroH2neopterin-PPP. The enzyme system from hamster kidney was purified severalfold by fractionation with ammonium sulfate and with an Ultrogel AcA-34 column. It was demonstrated that (a) NADPH or NADAH was essential and that (b) Mg2+ was stimulatory for the enzymatic synthesis of biopterin from D-erythroH2-NEOPTERIN-PPP. Also GTP and nonphosphorylated neopterins were not converted to biopterin. Although 6-lactyl-7,8-dihydropterin (sepiapterin) was converted to biopterin in the presence of NADPH, sepiapterin was not detected from D-erythroH2neopterin-PPP in the absence of NADPH. A preliminary experiment was performed to identify dihydrobiopterin.

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