Purine Catabolism in Isolated Hepatocytes : Influence of Coformycin

  • Georges Van den Berghe
  • Françoise Bontemps
  • Henri-Géry Hers
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 122B)


The nucleoside antibiotic coformycin1, a potent inhibitor of adenosine deaminase, has also been shown to interact with purified muscle AMP deaminase2. in rat liver extracts, maximal inhibition of adenosine deaminase and of AMP deaminase was observed with 10-7M and 5 × 10-5M coformycin respectively. In isolated rat hepatocytes the basal production of allantoin (30–40 nmol/min/g of cells) was not influenced by the addition of 10-7M coformycin, whereas the metabolization of adenosine was strongly inhibited. In hepatocytes in which the adenine nucleotide pool had been prelabelled with 14C adenine, 5 × 10-5M coformycin caused a 85 % inhibition of the basal production of allantoin and a complete suppression of the incorporation of 14C in the end products of purine catabolism.


Uric Acid Complete Suppression Adenine Nucleotide Maximal Inhibition Adenosine Triphosphate 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Georges Van den Berghe
    • 1
  • Françoise Bontemps
    • 1
  • Henri-Géry Hers
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Chimie PhysiologiqueUniversité de Louvain and International Institute of Cellular and Molecular PathologyBrusselsBelgium

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