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what biologically important compounds can be made from tyrosine?

dopamine, norepinephrine - nt
epinephrine, thyroxine - hormone
melanin - pigment


what biologically important compounds can be made from glutamate?

GABA - nt


what biologically important compounds can be made from histidine?

histamine - vasodilator


what biologically important compounds can be made from tryptophan?

melatonin - hormone
serotonin - vasoconstrictor
niacin - vitamin
also makes oxidized nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+)


formation of dopa (dihydroxyphenylalanine)
-what cofactors are needed?

1. tyr is hydroxylated to dopa by tyrosine hydroxylase with tetrabiopterin cofactor


what is the rate-limiting step of catecholamine biosynthesis?

tyrosine hydroxylase (tyrosine --> dopa); mixed function enzyme
-enzyme is allosteric, with dopamine, NE, and E acting as negative effectors


how is dopamine formed from dopa?

aromatic AA decarboxylase (PLP dependent)


how is NE formed from dopamine? what are its cofactors?

dopamine-beta hydroxylase (mixed function enzyme)
-has Cu, and needs vit C and O2


how is E formed from NE? what is needed?

phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase
-uses SAM as methyl donor


how are catechols degraded?

monoamine oxidase
-inhibitors of MAO used as antidepressants


biosynthesis of melanins

biological pigments; made only in melanocytes
-made from tyrosine by sequence of several RXNs divergent from catechols
-albinism if cannot convert tyrosine to melanin


what amino acid can cause B3 deficiency?

tryptophan (since precursor to B3) can cause pellagra


how is GABA made from glutamate? what are its cofactors?

L-glutamate --glutamate decarboxylase--> GABA + CO2
-requires PLP


how is hidstamine made?

histidine --histidine decarboxylase--> histamine + CO2


how do antihistamine drugs work?

are compounds that are structurally similar to histamine to prevent physiologic changes it normally produces


what does the body need single carbon fragments for?

1. form met from homocysteine
2. biosynthesis of purines
3. biosynthesis of pyrimidines
4. biosynthesis of glycine from CO2 and NH4+ by glycine synthase


what are the one-carbon carriers?



what is biotin?

carrier of CO2 (most oxidized 1 C group)


what is tetrahydrofolate?

carries 1 C groups of all oxidation states except CO2 (most oxidized)
-serves as acceptor of 1-C fragments in degradative reactions, and as donor of 1-C fragments in biosynthetic RXNs


why can't humans make tetrahydrofolate?

cannot make pterin ring, so THF formation dependent on folate (pteroylglutamate, folic acid) intake


how is THF made from the diet?

dietary folate is usually polyglutamines, with moieties attached in gamma-peptidyl linkages
-cleaved by conjugase (in intestinal mucosal cells) to leave single glutamate moiety on absorbed vitamin
-reduced via 2-step dihydrofolic acid reductase, using up 2 NADPH+


how many protons does the active form of THF have?

4: has them on positions 5, 6, 7, and 8 of ring


what do sulfa drugs do?

inhibit biosynthesis of folate by mimicking p-amino benzoic acid


what are the different oxidation states, groups, and carriers for 1-carbons?

most reduced: CH3 methyl via N-5
intermediate: CH2 methylene via N-5/10
-most oxidized: CHO formyl, CHNH formino, CH methenyl via N-5 (and N-10 for methenyl)


what is the significance of N5-methyl-THF?

formation by N5,N10-methylene-THF reductase is non-reversible in humans, and consumed in only one reaction to make methionine
-more than 12% of population is partially deficient in this enzyme
--have higher risk of heart disease, lower risk of colon cancer (b/c can't make as many nucleotides)


what are some drugs that cause folate deficiency?

-oral contraceptives
-barbiturates (impairs absorption and utilization)
-methotrexate, aminopterin (antimetabolite used in cancer chemotherapy)
--inhibit dihydrofolate reductase, to cause deficiency in THF in rapidly dividing cells that need it for nucleotide synthesis
--most vulnerable are bone marrow, hair follicles, and GI mucosa with limited THF


what is S-adenosylmethionine?

the major carrier of methyl groups, and important methyl donor to variety of biomolecules


what are 5 of the 30+ reactions SAM is involved in?

-NE --> E
-guanidinoacetate --> creatine
-acetylserotonin --> melatonin
-phosphatidylethanolamine --> phosphatidylcholine
-methylation of DNA


what are elevated levels of homocysteine correlated with?

increased risk of atherosclerosis
-vitamin supplementation with B12, folate, and PLP can reduce levels by activating enzymes that remove it


how is methionine regenerated from homocysteine? cofactors involved?

homocysteine methyltransferase; needs B12
-methyl group is donated by N5-methyl-THF
-B12 is methylated to methylcobalamin form, which donates to homocysteine to make methionine
-deficiency can cause homocystinuria

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