Activity of the Salvage-Pathway in Erythrocytes of Newborn Infants, Children and Adults

  • M. M. Müller
  • P. Wagenbichler
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Since the important investigations from WILLIAMS (20) and GOLDWATER (4) in 1953 it is well known that besides the de novo synthesis of purines there exists a one-step reaction for the formation of purine nucleotides from purine bases. In this salvage-pathway (Figure 1) phosphoribosylpyrophosphate (PP-ribose-P, PRPP), which is catalyzed by phosphoribosylpyrophosphate synthetase (PP-ribose-P synthetase, PRPP-synthetase, E.C. from ribose-5-phosphate and ATP, acts as ribose-5-phosphate donator. Cells of mammals contain two different enzymes for this synthesis of purine nucleotides from bases: the adenine phosphoribosyltransferase (APRT, E.C., which catalyzes the formation of adenosinemonophosphate (AMP) from adenine and the hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGPRT, E.C. converting hypoxanthine, guanine and xanthine to their nucleotides.


Newborn Infant Pyruvate Kinase Adenylate Kinase Purine Nucleotide Purine Base 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. M. Müller
    • 1
  • P. Wagenbichler
    • 1
  1. 1.1st Department of Medical Chemistry and 1st Department of GynaecologyUniversity of ViennaAustria

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