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Biosynthesis of ubiquinone and ubichromenol in vitamin A-deficient rats

Joshi, VC and Ramasarma, T (1966) Biosynthesis of ubiquinone and ubichromenol in vitamin A-deficient rats. In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - General Subjects, 115 (2). pp. 294-305.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0304-4165(66)90428-4

Abstract

1. The concentrations of ubiquinone and ubichromenol increased in the livers, but not in the intestines and kidneys, of rats maintained on a diet deficient in vitamin 2. After short time intervals (e.g. 2 h) following administration of the tracer, incorporation of [2-14C]mevalonate into ubiquinone and ubichromenol in livers of vitamin A-deficient rats was lower than for normal animals; this was in contrast to later times (e.g. 72 h) when it was higher. 3. The “newly synthesized” ubiquinone in livers of vitamin A-deficient rats was distributed in all the cell fractions without specific localization. 4. Absorbed exogenous [14C]ubiquinone and [14C]ubichromenol were retained in the livers of vitamin A-deficient rats to a larger extent and for a longer time than in the normal animals. 5. The results suggest that the accumulation of ubiquinone and ubichromenol in the livers of vitamin A-deficient rats is due to lowered catabolism and not to increased rate of synthesis.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 18 May 2010 07:02
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 06:06
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/27896

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