Catabolism of thymidine in human blood platelets: purification and properties of thymidine phosphorylase.

Abstract

A pyrimidine nucleoside phosphorylase was partially purified from human blood platelets. The purified enzyme, as well as crude enzyme preparations, catalyses the phosphorolysis of thymidine and deoxyuridine, but not of uridine, and is able to catalyse direct pentosyl transfer from these deoxyribonucleosides to uracil or thymine; this enzyme has the… (More)

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