Arginase from rat fibrosarcoma. Its possible role in proline, glutamate and polyamine metabolism
The presence of arginase in rat fibrosarcoma not synthesizing urea, suggested that this enzyme may have additional functions. Ornithine carbamoyl transferase, a key enzyme of the urea cycle was absent in this tissue, when compared to normal tissues, lower amount of ornithine was found in the fibrosarcoma, but this tumour contained a higher level of proline. The radioactivity present in L-[U-14C] arginine was incorporated into putrescine, spermidine, spermine, proline glutamate and glutamine suggesting that arginine was a possible precursor and that arginase may have a role in the synthesis of these metabolites.
KeywordsRat fibrosarcoma arginase ornithine carbamoyl transferase polyamines proline glutamate
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