2-aminoanthracene as an analytical tool with the acetylation reaction catalyzed by arylamine N-acetyltransferase.

Research paper by L L Servillo, C C Balestrieri, M M Boccellino, M L ML Balestrieri, L L Quagliuolo, A A Giovane

Indexed on: 24 Aug '99Published on: 24 Aug '99Published in: Analytical Biochemistry: Methods in the Biological Sciences


The polynuclear aromatic amine, 2-aminoanthracene, was found to be acetylated with high efficiency in the presence of acetyl-CoA by pigeon liver arylamine N-acetyltransferase (EC As a consequence of acetylation the fluorescence properties of the compound dramatically change and the reaction time course can be easily followed fluorometrically at the emission wavelength of 425 nm upon excitation at 360 nm. When 2-aminoanthracene is employed with pigeon arylamine N-acetyltransferase, as the ultimate acceptor of the acetyl group in coupled fluorometric assays, it is possible to measure enzymatic activities, such as pyruvate dehydrogenase or carnitine acetyltransferase, in continuous assays rapidly and with high sensitivity or to determine with as much sensitivity important metabolites such as acetylcarnitine or acetyl-CoA.