This view shows enzymes only for those organisms listed below, in the list of taxa known to possess the pathway. If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.
|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Nucleosides and Nucleotides Biosynthesis → Pyrimidine Nucleotide Biosynthesis → Pyrimidine Nucleotides Salvage|
Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Arabidopsis thaliana col, Bacillus anthracis, Bacillus subtilis subtilis 168, Glycine max, Homo sapiens, Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv, Pisum sativum
Deoxyribonucleotides are synthesised de novo at the diphosphate level through reduction of the 2'-hydroxyl group of the corresponding ribonucleotides (see pyrimidine deoxyribonucleotides de novo biosynthesis I). This reduction is mediated by the key enzyme ribonucleoside-diphosphate reductase.
The de novo synthesis of ribonucleotides is very expensive, and organisms have adapted to salvage potential precursors from their environment. Since nucleotides can not be imported into the cell due to the negative charge of the phosphate groups, salvage is limited to free bases and nucleosides.
Salvage is very important for many types of organisms and cells. It has been shown that in quiescent or terminally differentiated mammalian cells, resting in the G0 phase, ribonucleotide reductase is not produced due to a block during transcription and the cells rely on salvage for deoxyribonucleotides for DNA repair [Mann88, Bjorklund90]. Similarly, the salvage pathway is the sole provider of deoxyribonucleotides to be used in DNA repair or mitochondrial DNA replication in G1 cells. Studies with the plant Arabidopsis thaliana showed that uracil salvage is necessary for early development [Mainguet09] and that uridine salvage plays a crucial role in photoassimilate allocation and partioning [Chen11c].
The deoxyribonucleosides enter through the cell membrane by facilitated diffusion via a low affinity, high capacity, non-concentrative nucleoside carrier protein with a wide specificity, possessed by almost all animal cells [Plagemann88]. The next step in the salvage pathway is the phosphorylation of the nucleosides to monophosphates. Once phosphorylation occurs, the nucleotides are trapped intracellularly due to their negative charge.
About This Pathway
Deoxyribonucleoside kinases salvage deoxyribonucleosides by phosphorylating them at the 5' position. The key enzymes in the salvage of pyrimidine deoxyribonucleosides are thymidine kinase (EC 188.8.131.52) (which also phosphorylates deoxyuridine) and deoxycytidine kinase (EC 184.108.40.206). This salvage pathway is well characterized in bacteria [Rima77], mammals [Arner95], and plants [Clausen12].
Mammalian cells contain both of these kinases. In humans deoxycytidine kinase is encoded by the DCK gene, while two isozymes, encoded by TK1 and TK2, catalyze thymidine kinase activity [Hershfield82, Cory93].
Arabidopsis thaliana posseses two thymidine kinase genes ( TK1a and TK1b), and a broad substrate range deoxynucleoside kinase encoded by a single DNK gene that can phosphorylate both 2'-deoxyuridine and 2'-deoxycytidine [Clausen12].
Most eubacteria also employ this salvage pathway. However, some organisms, including Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica enterica serovar Typhi, lack the enzyme that phosphorylates deoxycytidine [ECOSAL]. The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae does not have any deoxyribonucleoside kinases, and thus does not possess this pathway.
In addition to these two kinases, the pathway also shows how 2'-deoxycytidine can be salvaged for the synthesis of deoxythymidine nucleotides. This is enabled by deamination to 2'-deoxyuridine, followed by phosphorylation by thymidine kinase to form dUMP. The latter can be converted directly to dTMP by the action of thymidylate synthase (EC 220.127.116.11).
Superpathways: superpathway of pyrimidine deoxyribonucleoside salvage
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