The effect of choline deficiency on the activity of a phosphatidylcholine-requiring enzyme: Activity and properties of UDP-glucuronyltransferase in choline-deficient rats

Thomas David Boyer, David Zakim

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Abstract

The effect of choline deficiency on the kinetic properties of the microsomal enzyme UDP-glucuronyltransferase (EC2.4.1.17) was investigated in rats. Animals fed choline-deficient diets, as compared with animals fed a choline-replete diet or standard laboratory chow, showed almost a three-fold increase in enzyme activity when the enzyme was assayed at physiological concentrations of UDP-glucuronic acid (0.25 mM). The increase in activity appeared to be due to an enhanced affinity of the enzyme for UDP-glucuronic acid rather than to an increase in the amount of enzyme. These data indicate that the kinetic properties of tightly bound membrane enzymes are altered by a dietary change that is known to cause liver disease in the rat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-424
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume114
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 18 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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