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Abstract

—Two uridine nucleotides, UDPG and UDPGA, have been measured in brain by a procedure whereby they are extracted from tissue with subsequent utilization, either directly with (UDPGA) or after dehydrogenation (UDPG), in a glucuronidation reaction with harmol or harmalol as cosubstrate. The concentrations of UDPG and UDPGA in brains of a few species of animals examined are, respectively, 11.5–23.3 μmoles/100 g and 0.7–2.5 μmoles/100 g tissue. The ratios of UDPGA to UDPG range from 4% to 11%. The role and importance of these uridine nucleotides in brain are discussed.