Title: 9-Beta-D-arabinofuranosyladenine 5'-monophosphate (araAMP) is converted directly to its antivirally active 5'-triphosphate form by 5-phosphoribosyl-1-pyrophosphate (PRPP) synthetase
Authors: Balzarini, Jan ×
De Clercq, Erik #
Issue Date: 31-Dec-1990
Series Title: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications vol:173 issue:3 pages:781-7
Abstract: The antiherpetic agent 9-beta-D-arabinofuranosyladenine (araA) needs to be phosphorylated to its 5'-triphosphate to be effective as an inhibitor of herpes simplex virus replication. Adenosine kinase and deoxycytidine kinase are assumed to convert araA to its 5'-monophosphate. We now found that araAMP is converted to its 5'-triphosphate through a direct pyrophosphate transfer from 5-phosphoribosyl-1-pyrophosphate (PRPP) by PRPP synthetase. The efficiency of phosphorylation of araAMP to araATP is about 5% of that of AMP, as estimated from their Vmax/Km ratios for PRPP synthetase. AraATP is converted to araAMP by PRPP synthetase at a 4-fold higher Km but similar Vmax as ATP.
ISSN: 0006-291X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Virology and Chemotherapy (Rega Institute)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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