David Saggerson

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Malonyl-CoA can be formed within the mitochondria, peroxisomes, and cytosol of mammalian cells. Besides being an intermediate in the pathways of de novo fatty acid biosynthesis and fatty acid elongation, malonyl-CoA has an important signaling function through its allosteric inhibition of carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1, the enzyme that normally exerts flux(More)
Rat hearts were perfused for 1 h with 5 mm glucose with or without palmitate or oleate at concentrations characteristic of the fasting state. The inclusion of fatty acids resulted in increased activities of the alpha-1 or the alpha-2 isoforms of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), increased phosphorylation of acetyl-CoA carboxylase and a decrease in the(More)
Developments in our understanding of the complex CPT enzyme system over the past ten years have been reviewed. Liver CPT1, which is probably distinct from that in several extrahepatic tissues, is subject to up- or down-regulation of its activity and kinetic properties with changing physiological state. Evidence is now accumulating to support the notion that(More)
5'-Nucleotidase activity was assayed in 105,000-g supernatants from rat brain by following conversion of [3H]AMP into adenosine. The effect of ATP on this process was complex and suggested the presence of at least two soluble 5'-nucleotidase activities: one inhibited by ATP and another activated by ATP. The relative proportions of these activities differed(More)
1. Liver mitochondrial outer membranes were pre-exposed to media of low (20 mM phosphate) or high salt concentration (20 mM phosphate + 0.3 M KCl) before assay of carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT) at 25 degrees C. 2. With membranes from fed rats, exposure to high salt decreased sensitivity of CPT to malonyl-CoA whereas high salt increased sensitivity of(More)
Mitochondria were isolated from liver, heart and skeletal muscle of a 34-day-old female infant who died from a myopathic illness. Muscle biopsy showed lipid accumulation and no obvious pathology in any other organ. Enzymatic analysis of skeletal muscle extracts revealed normal activities of the markers pyruvate dehydrogenase and citrate synthase.(More)
1. Rats (4 weeks old) were made hypothyroid by treatment with propylthiouracil and a low-iodine diet for a further period of 4 weeks. Synaptosomal membranes, myelin and 105,000 g soluble fractions were obtained from six regions of the brain. 2. Hypothyroidism resulted in 2-5-fold increases in membrane-bound 5'-nucleotidase activity in synaptosomal fractions(More)
1. Measurements are presented of the activity and intracellular distribution of phosphoenolypruvate carboxykinase, pyruvate carboxylase and NADP-malate dehydrogenase in rat, guinea-pig and rabbit liver and kidney cortex, together with previously obtained measurements of these enzymes in adipose tissue. 2. In all three tissues pyruvate carboxylase activity(More)