Spontaneous decomposition of 5-phosphoribosyl 1-pyrophosphate at pH 5.5 was established to occur as follows: 5-Phosphoribosyl 1-pyrophosphate----5-phosphoribosyl 1,2-(cyclic)phosphate----ribose 1-phosphate----ribose Enzymic degradation of 5-phosphoribosyl 1-pyrophosphate by alkaline phosphatase from calf intestine and by acid phosphatases from potato and Aspergillus niger was found to proceed according to this pathway within the pH range 2.5-7.4 with accumulation of ribose 1-phosphate. In the case of alkaline phosphatase, Mg2+ ions inhibit the pyrophosphorolysis of 5-phosphoribosyl 1-pyrophosphate and stimulate the hydrolysis of ribose 1-phosphate.

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