The in vivo flux of carbon through the pentose shunt is investigated as a function of different 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (6Pgd) and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6pd) genotypes by using differential radioactive labeling of the C-1 and C-6 positions of glucose. Alternative 6Pgd-G6pd genotypes are shown to differ in relative in vivo carbon flux through the pentose shunt. The relative in vitro specific activity differences between the 6PgdSS and 6PgdFF genotypes appear to be primarily responsible for these differences. In addition, the pentose-shunt activity is correlated with the rate of lipid synthesis. This correlation is consistent with the major metabolic function of the pathway, which is to produce NADPH for lipid synthesis. Taken together, the results of these experiments show that different genotypes of 6Pgd are associated with measurable biochemical and physiological differences. Higher order phenotypic differences of this kind must be demonstrated to support the hypothesis that natural selection can discriminate among allozymes of a given genetic locus.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Jul 1981|
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