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Metab Eng. 2004 Jan;6(1):6-11.

A window into cellular metabolism: hepatic metabolism of (15)N-labelled substrates.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's, NF, Canada A1B 3X9.


It is now apparent that many of the subtleties of cellular metabolism are intrinsically associated with cell structure and that their physiological study requires techniques that respect the integrity of cells and organs. We have used 15N-substrates to examine urea synthesis in the intact perfused rat liver. This work permits us to determine the extent to which different amino acids donate nitrogen atoms to the two nitrogens of urea. It is apparent that alanine and the amino group of glutamine provide nitrogen for urea synthesis primarily via cytoplasmic aspartate, whereas mitochondrial ammonia is the preferred route of entry for nitrogen from pre-formed ammonia or from the amide nitrogen of glutamine. Most importantly, this methodology permits us to explore for the occurrence of metabolic channels in such a highly organised, physiological system. Our studies indicate that a metabolic channel does not exist between glutaminase and carbamoylphosphate synthetase 1.

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