Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications vol:115 issue:3 pages:1033-9
Addition of glucagon to isolated hepatocytes increased glycogenolysis and phosphorylase a in a proportional manner. KCN caused slightly more glycogenolysis at considerably lower levels of phosphorylase a; the discrepancy was most pronounced after pretreatment of the hepatocytes with EGTA. When incubated with tagatose, the hepatocytes accumulated tagatose 1-phosphate, a presumed inhibitor of phosphorylase a. In these conditions the glucagon-induced glycogenolysis was blocked, but the glycogen loss caused by KCN or anoxia was not affected. Cyanide and anoxia may allow phosphorylase b and a to become equally active, or they may trigger a non-phosphorolytic glycogenolysis.