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Changes in ornithine decarboxylase and antizyme activities in developing mouse brain.

By H Onoue, S Matsufuji, M Nishiyama, Y Murakami and S Hayashi


A macromolecular inhibitor to ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) present in mouse brain was identified as ODC antizyme [Fong, Heller & Canellakis (1976) Biochim. Biophys. Acta 428, 456-465; Heller, Fong & Canellakis (1976) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 73, 1858-1862] on the basis of kinetic properties, Mr and reversal of its inhibition by antizyme inhibitor. The brain antizyme, however, did not cross-react immunochemically with any of seven monoclonal antibodies to rat liver antizyme. ODC activity in mouse brain rapidly decreased after birth, in parallel with putrescine content, and almost disappeared by 3 weeks of age. Free antizyme activity appeared shortly after birth and increased gradually, whereas ODC-antizyme complex already existed at birth and then gradually decreased. Thus total amount of antizyme remained about the same throughout the developmental period in mouse brain. In addition to ODC-antizyme complex, inactive ODC protein was detected by radioimmunoassay in about the same level as the complex at 3 weeks of age. Upon cycloheximide treatment, both free ODC activity and ODC-antizyme complex rapidly disappeared, although free antizyme and the inactive ODC protein were both quite stable

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1988
DOI identifier: 10.1042/bj2500797
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