PMID: 6320196Jan 1, 1984

Identification of thymidine nucleotidase and deoxyribonucleotidase activities among normal isozymes of 5'-nucleotidase in human erythrocytes

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
D E PagliaR Brockway


The persistence of normal thymidine nucleotidase (ThyNase) activity in subjects with pyrimidine nucleotidase (PyrNase) deficiency suggested the possible existence of separate isozymes in normal human erythrocytes. This hypothesis was confirmed by studies of PyrNase-deficient individuals from five unrelated families. Erythrocytes deficient in PyrNase retained normal activity of an enzyme system preferentially active at pH 6.2 with a variety of 2'-deoxyribonucleoside 5'-monophosphate substrates, including those of uridine, thymidine, and cytidine. Lesser activities were observed with the corresponding ribonucleotides. Normal control hemolysates were also found capable of effectively dephosphorylating purine nucleotides (dAMP greater than AMP) when pH was lowered sufficiently from the pH 7.4-8.0 region commonly used in conventional assays. Variations in substrate specificity, pH optima, kinetics, and sensitivity to inactivation by Pb2+ indicated the existence of multiple 5'-nucleotidase isozymes in normal erythrocytes: PyrNase and deoxyribonucleotidase(s) that might function physiologically in the conversion of DNA-derived nucleotides to diffusible nucleosides. Evolution of such a unique 5'-nucleotidase suggests that normal erythr...Continue Reading


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