Role of purine base excretion in regulation of purine pools. Academic Article uri icon


  • Wild type and mutant strains of Neurospora crassa excrete hypoxanthine, xanthine, and uric acid, but not adenine or inosine, when exogenous adenine is added to growing cultures. No detectable excretion occurs in the absence of adenine. The de novo pathway of purine biosynthesis was found to influence the excretion, in that a metabolic block immediately prior to IMP significantly decreased the excretion, while a metabolic block immediately after IMP significantly increased the excretion over that of wild type. The purine catabolic pathway, which is sensitive to ammonia regulation, was found to be a key determinant in the amount and type of excretion. Recently, it was suggested that hypoxanthine accumulation is the result of a mechanism to regulate the adenylate pool size (Leung and Schramm, 1978). In this report, the possibility that hypoxanthine excretion controls adenylate and guanylate pool sizes is discussed and the role of the purine nucleotide cycle in hypoxanthine excretion is examined.

published proceedings

  • Mol Gen Genet

author list (cited authors)

  • Sabina, R. L., Hanks, A. R., Magill, J. M., & Magill, C. W.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Sabina, RL||Hanks, AR||Magill, JM||Magill, CW

publication date

  • May 1979