UDP-glucose dehydrogenase (UDPGDH) was extracted and partially purified from different rat tissues and the kinetic parameters and some properties of the enzyme were determined and compared. The pH optimum ranged between 8.6 and 9.4 for liver and kidney UDPGDH and between 8.4 and 8.6 for skin and lung UDPGDH. Liver and kidney enzymes showed a similar affinity for both UDPG and NAD. Lung and skin enzymes also showed similar affinity for both substrates, which differed however from that of liver and kidney UDPGDH. Both liver and kidney enzymes had a higher heat stability and a different electrophoretic mobility compared to skin and lung UDPGDH. These data suggest the existence of different tissue specific forms of the enzyme.
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