Activities of Enzymes involved in Acetoacetate Utilization in Adult Mammalian Tissues

  • Williamson D
  • Bates M
  • Ann M
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1. The activities in rat tissues of 3-oxo acid CoA-transferase (the first enzyme in. volved in acetoacetate utilization) were found to be highest in kidney and heart. In submaxillary and adrenal glands the activities were about one-quarter of those in kidney and heart. In brain it was about one-tenth and was less in lung, spleen, skeletal muscle and epididymal fat. No activity was detectable in liver. 2. The ac-tivities of acetoacetyl-CoA thiolase were found roughly to parallel those of the trans-ferase except for liver and adrenal glands. The high activity in the latter two tissues may be explained by additional roles of thiolase, namely, the production of acetyl-CoA from fatty acids. 3. The activities of the two enzymes in tissues of mouse, gerbil, golden hamster, guinea pig and sheep were similar to those ofrat tissues. The notable exception was the low activity of the transferase and thiolase in sheep heart and brain. 4. The activities of the transferase in rat tissues did not change appreci-ablyin starvation, alloxan-diabetes or on fat-feeding, where therates ofketone-body utilization are increased. Thiolase activity increased in kidney and heart on fat-feeding. 5. The activity of 3-hydroxybutyrate dehydrogenase did not change in rat brain during starvation. 6. The factors controlling the rate of ketone-body utiliza-tion are discussed. It is concluded that the activities of the relevant enzymes in the adult rat do not control the variations in the rate of ketone-body utilization that occur in starvation or alloxan-diabetes. The controlling factor in these situations is the concentration of the ketone bodies in plasnia and tissues.

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  • D H Williamson

  • Margaret W Bates

  • M Ann

  • Page Aim

  • H A Krebs

  • By D H Williamson

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