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What are the three components of a nucleotide?

Base- purine or pyrimidine
Pentose- ribose or deoxyribose
Phosphoryl group/s- one or more


Differentiate the structure of the two purine bases

Adenine: amino group (NH2)
Guanine: NH2 and =O


Differentiate the structure of the three pyrimidine bases

Cytosine: NH2 and =O
Uracil: two =O
Thymine: two =O and a methyl group


Which bases are found in DNA vs RNA?



Differentiate base, nucleoside and nucelotide

Base: ring bases only (AGCTU)
Nucleosides: base + sugar
Nucleotide: Base, sugar and phosphate


Differentiate ribose from deoxyribose

Deoxyribose: one less -OH group


What are the three sources of atoms in the purine ring structure?

Amino acids- glycine, aspartate and glutamine
Tetrahydrofolate (FH4) derivative


In the synthesis of purines, is the purine ring synthesized first and then attached to ribose, or is the purine ring synthesized on top of ribose?

The purine ring is built up atom by atom on top of the ribose


What is the precursor molecule for purines?



What are the first two enzymatic steps in purine biosynthesis starting with ribose-5-phosphate?

Step 1: activation of ribose-5-phosphate to give PRPP (Pi from ATP)
Step 2: formation of 5-phosphoribosylamine (NH2 from glutamine)


What is the source of ribose-5-phosphate?

Pentose-phosphate pathway


What enzyme catalyzes the committed and major regulated step of purine synthesis?

The second step, the formation of 5-phosphoribosylamine, is the committed step and major regulated step

Catalyzed by Glutamine PRPP amidotransferase


Which nucleotide stands at the branch point leading to the synthesis of AMP and GMP?


IMP becomes the precursor for both AMP and GMP


What are the major allosteric regulators (negative feedback) in purine synthesis?

High levels of IMP, AMP and GMP negatively inhibit purine biosynthesis


Why might an inhibitor of purine biosynthesis be useful in slowing tumor growth?

Tumors are very dependent on the purine biosynthetic pathway to produce purine nucleotides for DNA and RNA synthesis.

In contrast, most normal tissues are less dependent on de novo synthesis and instead recycle existing purine bases (salvage pathway)


What tumor pathway is inhibited by the anti-tumor agent, 6-mercaptopurine

6-mercaptopurine inhibits enzymes in the purine biosynthetic pathway.

It is used to treat acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)


What three molecules contribute atoms to the pyrimidine ring?

aspartate, glutamine and CO2


What is the regulated step in pyrimidine biosynthesis?

Step 1: glutamine + CO2 + 2ATP

Catalyzed by carbamoyl phosphate synthetase II


Indicate whether the pyrimidine ring is synthesized first and then attached to the ribose, or whether the pyrimidine ring is synthesized on top of ribose.

The pyrimidine ring structure is formed first and then attached to a ribose-5-phosphate (activated form)


Name the pyrimidine nucleotide that is biosynthesized first and becomes a precursor for the synthesis of the other pyrimidine nucleotides

UMP is the precursor for synthesis of the other pyrimidine nucleotides


Indicate which metabolic pathway is blocked by the rheumatoid arthritis drug, leflunomide

Leflunomide, an immunosuppressive drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, blocks pyrimidine biosynthesis by inhibiting dihydroorotate dehydrogenase


Briefly describe the synthesis of dTMP from dUMP

dTMP is synthesized from dUMP and N5,N10-methylene tetrahydrofolate by thymidylate synthase.


Describe how 5-fluorouracil acts as an antitumor agent.

5-fluorouracil is converted to f-dUMP which then acts as a pseudosubstrate and covalently binds to, and inhibits, thymidylate synthase

TLDR: Inhibition of thimidylate synthase


Describe how methotrexate acts as an antitumor agent

Methotrexate is a potent competitive inhibitor of dihydrofolate reductase and increases dihydrofolate and causes an intracellular tetrahydrofolate deficiency.

TLDR: Tetrahydrofolate deficiency


Name the enzymes responsible for the synthesis of the deoxyribonucleotides and indicate the substrates for this enzyme

Ribonucleotide reductase

Substrates: ribonucleoside 5'-diphosphates (ADP, GDP, CDP or UDP)

They form their corresponding dADP, dGDP, dCDP or dUDP


Indicate which hydroxyl group is removed from the ribose in this process

2'-hydroxyl group of ribose is replaced with a hydrogen atom


What is the mechanism of the antitumor effect of hydroxyurea

See small group problem


When are the enzymes responsible for the synthesis of deoxyribonucleotides upregulated?

Late G1/ early S phase


Describe how deoxyribonucleotide biosynthesis is regulated during the cell cycle

Enzymes responsible for purine and pyrimidine biosynthesis are kept at low concentrations in the cell until late G1/ early S where they are upregulated.


Name the classes of enzymes that are involved in the degradation of DNA and RNA into free purine and pyrimidine bases

nucleases, nucleotidases, nucleoside phosphorylases


Indicate which bases are formed by degradation of DNA and RNA

Uracil, Thymine, Guanine and hypoxanthine (from adenine)


What happens to the majority of the free purine bases produced by cellular degradation of RNA?

They are reutilized in the salvage pathway


Describe the enzymatic reaction involved in salvaging hypoxanthine and guanine.

Hypoxanthine + PRPP --> IMP + PPi
Guanine + PRPP --> GMP + PPi


What is the genetic deficiency in Lesch-Nyhan syndrome?

Genetic deficiency in HGPRTase

(Hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase)


What happens to the purine bases that are not salvaged?

They are degraded to uric acid and excreted


What is the enzyme that converts hypoxanthine to xanthine, and xanthine to uric acid?

Xanthine oxidase


Indicate the forms of uric acid present in blood and urine

Uric acid exists in two tautomeric forms - one of which can be deprotonated to form urate.

At the pH of blood, urate is the predominant form, while at the pH of urine, substantial amounts of uric acid exists.


Describe the consequences of overproduction or underexcretion of uric acid

Overproduction or underexcretion of uric acid leads to gout


Describe the mechanism by which allopurinol relieves the symptoms of gout

allopurinol inhibits xanthine oxidase