Pyrimidine 5′-nucleotidase deficient (PND) erythrocytes contain elevated levels of pyrimidine nucleotides and relatively normal purine nucleotide levels. The composition of this nucleotide pool has been examined by others, but not all of the abnormal red cell metabolites in this disorder were identified. We have isolated and positively confirmed the identity of cytidine diphosphate (CDP)-choline and CDP- ethanolamine from PND red cells using methods including proton FT-NMR, spectroscopy, and comparative mass spectrometry. The concentrations of these and other pyrimidine nucleotidase-deficient erythrocyte nucleotides were determined using anion-exchange high performance liquid chromatography and ultraviolet (u.v.) detection. The pyrimidine diphosphodiesters appear to be the most prominent abnormal pyrimidine nucleotides in PND red cells, accounting for 55% of the total red cell pyrimidine nucleotides in this disorder. It is proposed that these abnormal phosphodiesters may be related to the accelerated hemolysis in PND.

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