ABSTRACT: The influence of tumour promoters and growth factors on glycolysis and on fructose-2,6-bisphosphate concentration was studied in isolated mouse spleen lymphocytes and in purified B-cells. The intracellular concentration of fructose 2,6-bisphosphate and the rate of lactate release were increased 2–3-fold in spleen lymphocytes exposed to active phorbol esters, mitogenic lectins, interleukin 4 or lipopolysaccharide. The maximal effect was observed after 1 h of exposure. In these cells hexose 6-phosphates increased 2-fold and 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase activity remained unchanged after treatment with phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate or with lectins. Exposure of B-cells to phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate, interleukin 4 or lipopolysaccharide increased the glycolytic flux and the concentration of fructose 2,6-bisphosphate without relation to their mitogenic activity.Lymphocytes and rat liver 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase were partially purified using the same procedure. The lymphocyte enzyme was not inhibited by sn-glycerol 3-phosphate in contrast to the potent inhibition observed in liver. Treatment of both enzymes with the catalytic subunit of the cyclic-AMP-dependent protein kinase failed to inactivate 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase from lymphocytes. These differences suggest that lymphocytes and liver contain different forms of this enzyme.
European Journal of Biochemistry. 03/2005; 175(2):317 - 323.