Detection of proenzyme form of S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase in extracts from rat prostate

Anthony Pegg, Laurie Wiest, Antti Pajunen

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Previous work in which the synthesis of S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase was studied by translation of its mRNA indicated that it was formed as a proenzyme having a M.W. of about 37,000 that was cleaved to form the enzyme sub-unit of M.W. 32,000 in a putrescine-stimulated reaction. The extent to which the proenzyme accumulates in vivo and is affected by the putrescine concentration was studied by subjecting prostate extracts to Western immunoblotting procedures. The proenzyme form was readily detectable in control prostates (about 4% of the total) and this proportion was increased to 25% when the rats were pretreated for 3 days with the ornithine decarboxylase inhibitor, α-difluoromethylornithine. Conversely, it was decreased to almost undetectable levels after treatment with methylglyoxal bis(guanylhydrazone). These results indicate that the processing of the proenzyme form of S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase is regulated by the cellular putrescine concentration. This conversion provides another step at which polyamine biosynthesis may be controlled.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)788-793
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 29 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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