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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1985 Dec 13;843(3):276-81.

Enzymes of serine metabolism in normal and neoplastic rat tissues.


Enzymes involved in the pathway of de novo serine biosynthesis (L-phosphoserine aminotransferase) and in alternative pathways of serine utilization (L-serine hydroxymethyltransferase, L-serine dehydratase and L-serine aminotransferase) were assayed in normal adult and fetal rat tissues and in a range of transplantable rat tumors. Serine dehydratase and serine aminotransferase activities were essentially confined to normal adult liver and kidney, whereas phosphoserine aminotransferase and serine hydroxymethyltransferase activities showed a more ubiquitous tissue distribution. In particular, phosphoserine aminotransferase and serine hydroxymethyltransferase activities were appreciable in neoplastic tissues, in the absence of the other enzymes of serine utilization. The pattern of enzyme distribution suggests that the synthesis of serine de novo is metabolically coupled to its utilization for nucleotide biosynthesis in tumors of differing tissue origins.

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