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NAD+ biosynthesis and metabolic fluxes of tryptophan in hepatocytes isolated from rats fed a clofibrate-containing diet.

Authors: Shin, M  Mori, Y  Kimura, A  Fujita, Y  Yoshida, K  Sano, K  Umezawa, C 
Citation: Shin M, etal., Biochem Pharmacol. 1996 Jul 26;52(2):247-52.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:8694849

Hepatocytes were isolated from rats fed a diet with or without 0.25% clofibrate, and NAD+ synthesis by the hepatocytes was determined using either [carboxyl-14C]nicotinic acid or [5-3H]tryptophan. NAD+ and total pyridine nucleotides synthesized from [14C]nicotinic acid by the clofibrate-treated cells were not significantly different from those synthesized by the control cells when expressed on the basis of nanomoles per hour per milligram of DNA. On the contrary, NAD+ synthesized from [3H]tryptophan was significantly higher in the clofibrate-treated cells (158% of the control cells) on the basis of nanomoles per hour per milligram of DNA. Clofibrate was inhibitory to tryptophan metabolism as a whole, affecting the glutarate pathway more (decreased to 37% of control) than the kynureninase flux (decreased to 64% of control). As a result, the quinolinate-NAD flux, estimated as the difference in the amounts of tryptophan metabolized by the two metabolic pathways, increased in the clofibrate-treated hepatocytes. The increase in quinolinate during the incubation was 8 times more in the clofibrate-treated cells than in the control cells, which confirmed alteration in the metabolic fluxes of tryptophan in the clofibrate-treated cells. Hepatic quinolinate phosphoribosyltransferase (EC activity increased with dietary clofibrate and returned to the control level 1 week after removing clofibrate from the diet. Nicotinate phosphoribosyltransferase (EC and NAD+ glycohydrolase (EC activities remained unchanged with dietary clofibrate.


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