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Exp Parasitol. 1984 Aug;58(1):101-9.

Leishmania mexicana: purine metabolism in promastigotes, axenic amastigotes, and amastigotes derived from Vero cells.


Leishmania mexicana mexicana promastigotes, axenic amastigotes, and amastigotes derived from Vero cells were examined for de novo purine synthesis and mechanisms of purine salvage. Both promastigotes and axenic amastigotes were incapable of de novo purine synthesis, as shown by the lack of [14C]formate and [14C]glycine incorporation into purine nucleotide pools. However, the ready incorporation of [14C]hypoxanthine, [14C]adenine, and [14C]guanine suggested that purine salvage pathways were operating. In addition, a significant percentage (greater than or equal to 60%) of the total label from these purine precursors was associated with adenylate nucleotides. Nucleotide pool levels of axenic amastigotes were consistently greater but the specific activities were less than those of promastigotes, suggesting a slower rate of purine metabolism in the axenic amastigote form. Similar results were obtained from amastigotes isolated from infected Vero cells.

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