Spermidine/spermine N1-acetyltransferase - The turning point in polyamine metabolism

R. A. Casero, Anthony Pegg

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Abstract

Polyamines are thought to have several vital roles in cell growth and differentiation. The highly regulated polyamine metabolic pathway provides cells with the ability to finely control the intracellular concentration of these ubiquitous polycations. Although earlier studies of regulation of polyamine content were concentrated on the biosynthetic reactions, recently the importance of the catabolic processes, particularly the highly regulated acetylation step in polyamine degradation, has become apparent. This work has led to an understanding of how a cell may, in a tightly controlled manner, facilitate the breakdown, excretion, cycling, and/or intracellular shuttling of the polyamines. This myriad of possibilities appears to be regulated initially at a single rate-limiting enzymatic step, the N1-acetylation of spermidine or spermine, by spermidine/spermine N1-acetyltransferase (SSAT). Recent cloning of the human SSAT gene has facilitated a more detailed study of this enzyme. SSAT appears to have a role in the determination of tumor sensitivity to a new class of antineoplastic agents. The further study of SSAT and the associated polyamine metabolism should provide a better understanding of the regulation and function of these cations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-661
Number of pages9
JournalFASEB Journal
Volume7
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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Acetyltransferases
Spermidine
Spermine
Polyamines
Metabolism
Acetylation
Cloning
Cell growth
Metabolic Networks and Pathways
Antineoplastic Agents
diamine N-acetyltransferase
Cations
Organism Cloning
Tumors
Cell Differentiation
Genes
Degradation
Enzymes
Growth
Neoplasms

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  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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In: FASEB Journal, Vol. 7, No. 8, 01.01.1993, p. 653-661.

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