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Exp Cell Biol 1986 Jan 01;541:53-60. doi: 10.1159/000163344.
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Changes in activity of the regulatory glycolytic enzymes and of the pyruvate-dehydrogenase complex during the development of Xenopus laevis.

Raddatz E , Løvtrup-Rein H .

In this study we investigated the variations of the maximal activities of the rate-controlling glycolytic enzymes (i.e., hexokinase, HK; phosphofructokinase, PFK; pyruvate kinase, PK) and of the pyruvate-dehydrogenase complex (PDHc) during the early embryogenesis of Xenopus laevis (from cleavage through hatching). All the enzymatic assays, using different coupled reactions, were performed spectrophotometrically on cytosolic and mitochondrial fractions. The maximal HK activity increases markedly from neurulation onwards, PFK activity presents a peak around gastrulation, PK activity remains relatively constant throughout the period studied and the highest PDHc activity is observed during cleavage. The specific activities display the same temporal pattern. Furthermore, in the sequence of reactions by which glucose is degraded to form acetyl-CoA, the maximal activities of PFK and PK are not limiting while those of HK and PDHc could be rate-limiting at relatively late developmental stages (hatching).

PubMed ID: 2937670
Article link: Exp Cell Biol

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: hk1 pfkm pfkp