A comparison of thymidylate synthetase activities from 5 fluorodeoxyuridine sensitive and resistant variants of mouse neuroblastoma

F. Baskin, R. N. Rosenberg

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The authors previously described a 5 fluorodeoxyuridine (FUdR) resistant variant of mouse neuroblastoma possessing an 8 fold elevation in methylenetetrahydrofolate: dUrd 5' P C methyltransferase (EC 2.1.1.b) [trivial name: thymidylate synthetase] specific activity relative to that of the sensitive parental clone. This increased specific activity is not associated with a change in cytoplasmic inhibitors or activators, a decreased degradation rate of the enzyme, or the synthesis of a new species with an increased Vmax, but appears to represent an increased synthesis of the enzyme species found in the sensitive parental clone. More resistant cell populations demonstrate even higher specific activities of this enzyme. The enzymatic activities from both the FUdR sensitive and resistant cells have identical stabilities to sonication, freezing, heat, urea, and sodium dodecyl sulfate, are equally and strongly inhibited by 5 fluorodeoxyuridine 5' phosphate, and have the same affinity for the substrate 2' deoxyuridine 5' phosphate (Km=1.4 x 10-6M). Both are stimulated by the addition of mercaptans and partially protected from heat denaturation in the presence of substrate. Unlike Don Chinese hamster cells (Conrad & Ruddle 1972) an actinomycin D pulse of neuroblastoma cells in monolayer culture did not increase the thymidylate synthetase specific activity. Mixed growth of FUdR sensitive and resistant cells produced only additive activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-238
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1975


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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