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Dev Growth Differ 1996 Aug 01;384:413-418. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-169X.1996.t01-3-00009.x.
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Change in the levels of adenine-related compounds in starfish ovarian follicle cells following treatment with gonad-stimulating substance.

Mita M , Yasumasu I , Nagahama Y , Saneyoshi M .

The resumption of meiosis in starfish oocytes is induced by 1-methyladenine (1-MeA), which is produced by ovarian foilicle cells under the influence of a gonad-stimulating substance (GSS). It has been reported that the 1-MeA produced is newly synthesized via a process of methylation, rather than being pre-stored within follicle cells or a breakdown product of some 1-MeA-containing substance. The present study examined a possible substrate for 1-MeA biosynthesis stored in follicle cells of the starfish Asterina pectinifera. Analyses using high-performance liquid chromatography indicated a large source of ATP among the adenine-related compounds in these follicle cells. When follicle cells were incubated in seawater in the presence of GSS, 1-MeA production was stimulated significantly. GSS also caused a reduction in intracellular levels of ATP. There was no change in the levels of either ADP or AMP. The amount of ATP consumed under the influence of GSS was similar to the amount of 1-MeA produced. Methionine and selenomethionine enhanced both 1-MeA production and ATP consumption by GSS in follicle cells. In contrast, ethionine and selenoethionine, competitive inhibitors of methionine, inhibited these processes. These results suggest that ATP is a possible substrate in the biosynthesis of 1-MeA by starfish ovarian follicle cells.

PubMed ID: 37281717
Article link: Dev Growth Differ

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