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Int J Parasitol. 1993 Dec;23(8):1039-44.

Nucleoside transport in Crithidia luciliae.

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  • 1School of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, University of New South Wales, Kensington, Australia.


Nucleoside transport was evaluated in the trypanosomatid Crithidia luciliae by a rapid sampling technique. C. luciliae was shown to possess two independent nucleoside transporters, one which transported adenosine, deoxyadenosine, tubercidin, sangivamycin and the pyrimidine nucleoside thymidine, while the second was specific for guanosine, inosine and deoxyguanosine. The rapid influx occurred by a process of facilitated transport. The apparent Km values for adenosine and guanosine were 9.34 +/- 1.30 and 10.6 +/- 2.60 microM, respectively. The pyrimidine nucleoside thymidine was transported at a rate approximately 50% lower than the purine nucleosides, whilst uridine, deoxyuridine and deoxycytidine were not transported. The optical isomer, L-adenosine entered the organism by simple diffusion rather than by facilitated transport. In contrast to mammalian cells, neither of the nucleoside transporters in C. luciliae were inhibited by nitrobenzylthioinosine, dilazep, or dipyridamole, potent inhibitors of nucleoside transport in mammalian cells, whilst p-chloromercuribenzoate sulphonate inhibited both nucleoside transporters in C. luciliae.

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