Erythrocytes of patients with polycythemia vera exhibited increased activity of oxidative pentose shunt, accelerated generation of phosphoribosylpyrophosphate, increased incorporation of 14C-adenine into nucleotides, and increased activity and thermostability of adenine-phosphoribosyltransferase. These abnormalities are attributed to age dependency of the pathways concerned and presence in polycythemia vera of an erythrocyte population younger than normal.
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