Effects Of Cadmium And Zinc Ions On Purified Lamb Kidney Cortex Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Activity
Ulusu, Nuray N.
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Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) is the first enzyme in the pentose phosphate pathway. Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal that inhibits several enzymes. Zinc is an essential metal but overdoses of zinc have toxic effects on enzyme activities. In this study G-6-PD from lamb kidney cortex was competitively inhibited by zinc both with respect to glucose-6-phosphate (G-6-P) and NADP(+) with Ki values of 1.066 +/- 0.106 and 0.111 +/- 0.007 mM respectively whereas cadmium was a non-competitive inhibitor with respect to both G-6-P and NADP+ Ki values of 2.028 +/- 0.175 and 2.044 +/- 0.289 mM respectively.