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Effects of inhibitors on aldolase breakdown after its microinjection into HeLa cells.
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PMID:  2655577     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
1. The regulation of protein breakdown as well as the generation of intermediates in the pathway from intact protein to amino acids was investigated by using 3H-labelled N-ethylmaleimide-modified aldolase (NEM-aldolase) as an indicator protein after its microinjection into HeLa cells. 2. NEM-aldolase degradation to acid-soluble products proceeded at a slower rate than that of endogenously labelled total cell protein, and was inhibited to a greater extent by 3-methyladenine, leupeptin and NH4Cl. The combination of leupeptin plus NH4Cl was particularly effective, decreasing the NEM-aldolase breakdown rate by 90%. 3. Measurements of the loss of radioactivity from the aldolase band located from fluorograms after SDS/polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis showed that NEM-aldolase breakdown was much more rapid when measured by this method. The effects of insulin, 3-methyladenine, leupeptin and NH4Cl on this breakdown were also substantial. 4. Substantial amounts of peptide intermediates in the breakdown pathway of NEM-aldolase accumulated in cells. The production of small intermediates (less than 30 kDa) accounted for approx. 40% of the NEM-aldolase degraded in control cultures. Addition of NH4Cl increased the proportion of these intermediates. Large intermediates, between 31 and 38 kDa, were particularly evident in the presence of the cysteine proteinase inhibitor leupeptin, but almost no small intermediates were detected. 5. The results are best explained by the degradation of NEM-aldolase being predominantly a lysosomal process, with cysteine proteinases involved in early proteolytic steps and other proteinases that have acid pH optima required for the complete catabolism of small intermediates.
S E Knowles; M F Hopgood; F J Ballard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Biochemical journal     Volume:  259     ISSN:  0264-6021     ISO Abbreviation:  Biochem. J.     Publication Date:  1989 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-06-15     Completed Date:  1989-06-15     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984726R     Medline TA:  Biochem J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition, Adelaide, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Adenine / analogs & derivatives,  pharmacology
Ammonium Chloride / pharmacology
Ethylmaleimide / metabolism
Fructose-Bisphosphate Aldolase / antagonists & inhibitors*,  metabolism
Hela Cells
Insulin / pharmacology
Leupeptins / pharmacology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Leupeptins; 11061-68-0/Insulin; 12125-02-9/Ammonium Chloride; 128-53-0/Ethylmaleimide; 5142-23-4/3-methyladenine; 73-24-5/Adenine; EC Aldolase

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