Biosynthesis of Vitamin B1in Yeast. Derivation of the Pyrimidine Unit from Pyridoxine and Histidine. Intermediacy of Urocanic Acid
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Incorporation studies with 13C-, 15N-, and 2H-labeled substrates, followed by NMR analysis, show that the pyrimidine unit of thiamin (Vitamin B1) originates from a C5N fragment, derived from C-2',2,N,C-6,5,5' of pyridoxol (Vitamin B6) and an N-C-N fragment derived from L-histidine. Urocanic acid serves as an intermediate on the route of the N-C-N fragment of histidine into the thiamin pyrimidine.
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