The human UDP glucuronosyltransferase, UGT1A10, glucuronidates mycophenolic acid

Behnaz Mojarrabi, Peter I. Mackenzie

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    The cDNA encoding the UDP glucuronosyltransferase, UGT1A10, has been cloned from human colon. The deduced amino acid sequence of the cDNA is 90% similar in sequence to that of a previously characterized form, UGT1A9 (Hlug P4), and contains a signal peptide and carboxyl-terminal hydrophobic domain characteristic of all UDP glucuronosyltransferases isolated to date. The enzyme synthesized in UGT1A10 cDNA-transfected COS-7 cells has a relative molecular mass of 56 kDa and is very active in the glucuronidation of mycophenolic acid (apparent Km of 34 μM and Vmax of 0.6 nmoles/min/mg protein). Other UGTs (UGT1A1 1A3, 1A4, 1A6, 1A9, 2B7, 2B10 and 2B11) synthesized in COS cells had relatively little activity towards mycophenolic acid, suggesting that UGT1A10 may have a significant role in the elimination of this antineoplastic and immunosuppressive agent in vivo.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)775-778
    Number of pages4
    JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 1997


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