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The Journal of nutrition

Comparison of effects of L-tryptophan and a tryptophan analog, D,L-beta-(1-naphthyl)alanine, on processes relating to hepatic protein synthesis in rats.


PMID 2170599

Abstract

Earlier studies reported that the administration of L-tryptophan increased polyribosomal aggregation, protein synthesis and levels of cytoplasmic poly(A) mRNA in rat liver. This study was concerned with the effects of an L-tryptophan analog, D,L-beta-(1-naphthyl)alanine, in comparison with those of L-tryptophan. Both D,L-beta-(1-naphthyl)alanine and L-tryptophan bound to the L-tryptophan receptor protein and increased poly(A)polymerase and nucleoside triphosphatase activities of hepatic nuclei. However, only L-tryptophan was associated with increases in the release of labeled nuclear RNA (in vitro), in protein synthesis, in polyribosomal aggregation and in glycosylation ([14C]glucosamine incorporation into proteins) of rat liver. These results indicate that although D,L-beta-(1-naphthyl)alanine affected hepatic nuclei (binding and enzyme levels), it did not stimulate nucleocytoplasmic translocation of mRNA and concomitant protein synthesis, as did L-tryptophan.

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