Urea metabolism in isolated perfused lungs of the laboratory rat and of a desert rodent, Notomys Alexis

Stephen Hewitt, Terence E. Nicholas

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    Abstract

    1. 1. Using the isolated perfused lung preparation we have demonstrated a low-activity ureolytic enzyme present in rodent lung tissue. The enzyme shares four characteristic features with jack bean urease (EC 3.5.1.5). 2. 2. Ureolytic activity was inhibited by fluoride ions and methionine hydroxamic acid; using the latter inhibitor, the I50 value and maximum inhibition were similar to those reported for jack bean urease. The apparent Km for rat lung urease was similar to the plasma urea level. 3. 3. The low level of urease activity in the rat lung and in that of Notomys alexis, a desert rodent, suggests that the enzyme is not involved in urea excretion, rather that pulmonary ammonia production may influence fluid balance at the alveolus.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)467-469
    Number of pages3
    JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology -- Part A: Physiology
    Volume74
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1983

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