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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1989 May 15;160(3):1275-80.

Biosynthesis of phosphatidylethanolamine via the CDP-ethanolamine route is an important pathway in isolated rat hepatocytes.

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Laboratory of Veterinary Biochemistry, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.


In the present study pulse-label and pulse-chase experiments with isolated rat hepatocytes in suspension were designed to investigate the effects of the presence of either serine or ethanolamine in the medium on the rate of phosphatidylethanolamine synthesis via the CDPethanolamine pathway and by decarboxylation of phosphatidylserine. Addition of serine to the medium did not affect the incorporation of [1,2-14C]ethanolamine into phosphatidylethanolamine. Pulse-label experiments showed that the incorporation of [3H]serine into phosphatidylserine decreased in the presence of ethanolamine with a corresponding decrease of the incorporation of label into the ethanolamine base moiety of phosphatidylethanolamine. However, the radioactivity in the diacylglycerol part of phosphatidylethanolamine was considerably higher in the presence of ethanolamine than in its absence. Pulse-chase experiments with labelled serine demonstrated that the conversion of phosphatidylserine to phosphatidylethanolamine was not affected by varying concentrations of ethanolamine. Our observations indicate that in the presence of ethanolamine the biosynthesis of phosphatidylethanolamine via the CDPethanolamine pathway is enhanced relative to the synthesis by decarboxylation of phosphatidylserine.

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