Advisor

David T. Clark

Date of Award

1990

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology

Department

Biology

Physical Description

1 online resource (51 p.)

Subjects

Methionine -- Metabolism, Fasciola hepatica

DOI

10.15760/etd.5838

Abstract

5'-Deoxy-5'-methylthioadenosine (MTA) is derived from s-adenosylmethionine (AdoMet) during the synthesis of the polyamines spermidine and spermine. Methionine can be regenerated from MTA by one of two mechanisms. In mammalian cells and some microorganisms, MTA is degraded to adenine and 5-methylthioribose-1-phosphate (MTR-1-P) via MTA phosphorylase. In certain other microbes, however, MTA is catabolized in two steps; first to adenine and 5-methylthioribose (MTR) via MTA nucleosidase followed by conversion of MTR to MTR-1-P via MTR kinase.

This study was to demonstrate the presence of MTA nucleosidase or MTA phosphorylase in both redia containing cercariae and adult Fasciola hepatica Linnaeus, 1758. If MTA nucleosidase was present, it was wanted to determine if MTR kinase was also present.

The phosphate-dependent cleaving activity of MTA phosphorylase was demonstrated in the cell-free extracts of adult Fasciola hepatica along with an unidentified MTR metabolizing activity. Redia containing cercariae showed MTA nucleosidase and MTR kinase activity.

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http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/23215

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