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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1984 Dec 11;805(4):370-4.

Uridine uptake by isolated intestinal epithelial cells of guinea pig.


Uptake of uridine was studied in isolated intestinal epithelial cells of guinea pig. Uptake was not severely influenced by metabolism. Free uridine was accumulated within cells 13-fold. Uptake was saturable with an apparent Km value of 46 microM and a Vmax of 0.9 nmol/mg protein per min. Uracil inhibited uptake only slightly; adenosine, guanosine and cytosine inhibited strongly. Antimycin A and ouabain inhibited almost 90%. If the extracellular Na+ concentration was decreased to 5 mM, the rate of uptake decreased 6.5-fold. The stimulatory effect of Na+ was related to the transmembraneous Na+-gradient. Cells from jejunum transported about 30% faster than cells from ileum. In conclusion, isolated enterocytes of guinea pig posses an active transport system for uridine.

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