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Characterization of homocysteine metabolism in the rat kidney.

Authors: House, JD  Brosnan, ME  Brosnan, JT 
Citation: House JD, etal., Biochem J 1997 Nov 15;328 ( Pt 1):287-92.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:9359866

Epidemiological studies have provided strong evidence that an elevated plasma homocysteine concentration is an important independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. We have shown, in the rat, that the kidney is a major site for the removal and subsequent metabolism of plasma homocysteine [Bostom, Brosnan, Hall, Nadeau and Selhub (1995) Atherosclerosis 116, 59-62]. To characterize the role of the kidney in homocysteine metabolism further, we measured the disappearance of homocysteine in isolated renal cortical tubules of the rat. Renal tubules metabolized homocysteine primarily through the transulphuration pathway, producing cystathionine and cysteine (78% of homocysteine disappearance). Methionine production accounted for less than 2% of the disappearance of homocysteine. Cystathionine, and subsequently cysteine, production rates, as well as the rate of disappearance of homocysteine, were sensitive to the level of serine in the incubation medium, as increased serine concentrations permitted higher rates of cystathionine and cysteine production. On the basis of enrichment profiles of cystathionine beta-synthase and cystathionine gamma-lyase, in comparison with marker enzymes of known location, we concluded that cystathionine beta-synthase was enriched in the outer cortex, specifically in cells of the proximal convoluted tubule. Cystathionine gamma-lyase exhibited higher enrichment patterns in the inner cortex and outer medulla, with strong evidence of an enrichment in cells of the proximal straight tubule. These studies indicate that factors that influence the transulphuration of homocysteine may influence the renal clearance of this amino acid.


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