Activation of rat liver cytosolic phosphatidic acid phosphatase by nucleoside diphosphates

Lars Berglund, Ingemar Björkhem, Bo Angelin, Kurt Einarsson

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Phosphatidic acid phosphatase (EC was purified 30-fold by ammonium sulfate fractionation and hydroxyapatite chromatography from the soluble fraction of rat liver. ADP was found to stimulate the enzyme activity with half-maximal stimulation at 0.2 mM. Similar effects were seen when ADP was replaced by GDP or CDP. In contrast, ATP inhibited the enzyme; half-maximal inhibition observed at 0.2 mM. Again, the degree of inhibition did not differ when GTP or CTP replaced ATP. Thus, the structure of the base part of the nucleotide was not critical for mediating these effects. The positions of the phosphate groups in the nucleotide structure were however found to be of importance for the enzyme activity. Variations in the structure of the phosphate ester bound at the 5′-position had a pronounced effect of phosphatidic acid phosphatase activity. The effect of nucleotides depended on pH, and the inhibition by ATP was more pronounced at pH levels lower than 7.0, whereas the stimulatory effect of ADP was virtually the same from pH 6.0 to pH 8.0. The enzyme showed substrate saturation kinetics with respect to phosphatidic acid, with an apparent Km of 0.7 mM. Km increased in the presence of ATP, whereas both apparent Vmax and Km increased in the presence of ADP, suggesting different mechanisms for the action of the two types of nucleotides. The results indicated that physiological levels of nucleotides with a diphosphate or a triphosphate ester bound at the 5′-position of the ribose moiety influenced the activity of phosphatidic acid phosphatase. The possibility is discussed that these effects might be of importance for the regulation of triacylglycerol biosynthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)382-387
Number of pages6
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)/Lipids and Lipid Metabolism
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 26 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • (Rat liver)
  • Nucleotide diphosphate
  • Phosphatidic acid phosphatase
  • Triacylglycerol synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Endocrinology
  • Medicine(all)


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