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A variety of dopamine derivatives and analogues were investigated to assess their potential to act as catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) substrates using purified, homogeneous pig liver enzyme. This enabled accurate kinetic constants to be determined as opposed to previous in-vivo studies (Rollema et al 1980; Horn et al 1981; Costall et al 1982; Feenstra(More)
Despite its structural similarity to catechol, 2,3-dihydroxypyridine is not a substrate but a "dead-end" inhibitor of purified pig liver catechol-O-methyltransferase. It inhibits the methylation of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid competitively with an inhibitor constant of 15 microM. Against the methyl donor, S-adenosyl-L-methionine, it is an uncompetitive(More)
Isoprenaline, isoetharine, rimiterol, dobutamine and nadolol were investigated as substrates for purified pig-liver catechol-O-methyltransferase using a sensitive spectrophotometric assay. Kinetic parameters, Km and Vmax, were defined and the apparent first-order rate constant (Vmax/Km) was derived. On the basis of the apparent first-order rate constant,(More)
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