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Mol Biochem Parasitol. 1989 Jul;35(3):219-27.

Purine base transport in wild-type and mycophenolic acid-resistant Tritrichomonas foetus.

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  • 1Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco.


The purine base transport systems of wild-type and mycophenolic acid-resistant (MPAR) Tritrichomonas foetus have been characterized. Wild-type T. foetus has two carriers, one for hypoxanthine (Km = 0.7 +/- 0.3 mM, Vm = 80 +/- 20 pmol microliters-1min-1) and guanine (Km = 0.09 +/- 0.02 mM, Vm = 17 +/- 3 pmol microliters-1min-1), and a second for xanthine (Km = 0.6 +/- 0.2 mM, Vm = 25 +/- 5 pmol microliters-1min-1). Adenine transport was not saturable (k = 0.16 +/- 0.01 min-1) and therefore appears to enter the parasite by passive diffusion through the membrane. T. foetus MPAR has lost the hypoxanthine/guanine transporter. Xanthine and adenine transport are similar in wild-type and MPAR T. foetus. No purine nucleoside transporter could be identified.

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