Neurochemical Research

, Volume 32, Issue 11, pp 1978–1989 | Cite as

Extracellular Interconversion of Nucleotides Reveals an Ecto-Adenylate Kinase Activity in the Rat Hippocampus

  • Beáta Sperlágh
  • E. Sylvester Vizi
Original Paper


Here, the extracellular interconversion of nucleotides and nucleosides was investigated in rat hippocampal slices and synaptosomes by an HPLC-UV technique. Adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP) was converted to adenosine 5′-diphosphate (ADP), adenosine 5′-monophosphate (AMP), adenosine, inosine, and hypoxanthine in the slices, whereas ADP elicited parallel and concentration-dependent formation of ATP and AMP. The specific adenylate kinase inhibitor diadenosine pentaphosphate decreased the rate of decomposition of ADP and inhibited the formation of ATP. No substantial changes in the interconversion of ADP to ATP and AMP were found in the presence of dipyridamole, flufenamic acid, the P2 receptor antagonist pyridoxal-5-phosphate-6-azophenyl-2′,4′-disulphonic acid tetrasodium (PPADS), and the alkaline phosphatase substrate para-nitrophenylphosphate. Negligible levels of nucleotides were generated when uridine 5′-diphosphate (UDP), AMP or adenosine were used as substrates. Ecto-adenylate kinase activity was also observed in purified synaptosomes. In summary, we demonstrate the presence of an ecto-adenylate kinase activity in the hippocampus, which is a previously unrecognized pathway that influences the availability of purines in the central nervous system.


ADP ATP Hippocampus Ecto-adenylate kinase Diadenosine pentaphosphate NTPDase 



This study was supported by grants of the Hungarian Research Foundation (OTKA T037457), the Hungarian Medical Research Council (472/2003) and the Hungarian Research and Development Fund (NKFP1A/002/2004). The technical assistance of Ms Judit Őszi and Mrs Éva Szénássy is acknowledged. The authors are also grateful to Prof. Herbert Zimmermann for critical reading of the manuscript and to Dr. Ágnes Kittel for the electron microscopic evaluation of the synaptosomal preparation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pharmacology, Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology, Institute of Experimental MedicineHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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