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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1985 Jul 9;835(2):273-8.

Diacylglycerol synthesized in vitro from sn-glycerol 3-phosphate and the endogenous diacylglycerol are different substrate pools for the biosynthesis of phosphatidylcholine in rat lung microsomes.


In microsomes of rat lung, labeled diacylglycerol was synthesized from sn-[3H]glycerol 3-phosphate, which had been added, and from the endogenous free fatty acids. In these microsomes containing biosynthesized [3H]diacylglycerol as well as endogenous nonlabeled diacylglycerol, the synthesis of phosphatidylcholine was measured from added [14C]CDPcholine. The incorporation of [methyl-14C]choline and of [3H]diacylglycerol into phosphatidylcholine showed an entirely different progress in the time-course of incubation. The 14C label of phosphatidylcholine increased continuously, whereas the 3H label remained constant after 2 min up to the end of the incubation period of 20 min. From this result we concluded that the diacylglycerols, synthesized in vitro from glycerol 3-phosphate over an incubation period of 20 min, constitute a separate substrate pool for the biosynthesis of phosphatidylcholine, and are not mixed with the endogenous diacylglycerol pool.

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