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FEBS Lett. 1982 Dec 13;150(1):211-3.

Inactivation of spermidine N1-acetyltransferase with alkaline phosphatase.


Spermidine N1-acetyltransferase in an extract from phytohemagglutinin-stimulated bovine lymphocytes was inactivated by preincubation with alkaline phosphatase. Inactivation of the acetylase with the phosphatase was totally inhibited by addition of pyrophosphate. These results suggest that spermidine N1-acetyltransferase, the rate-limiting enzyme in the biodegradative pathway of polyamines, is inactivated by dephosphorylation. A similar effect of alkaline phosphatase on the acetylase in an extract from Escherichia coli was also observed. The acetylase has a rapid rate of turnover and the rapid loss of the enzyme activity may be to some extent regulated by the covalent modification.

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