Jun 7, 2000

A novel lysine 2,3-aminomutase encoded by the yodO gene of bacillus subtilis: characterization and the observation of organic radical intermediates

The Biochemical Journal
D ChenPerry A Frey


The yodO gene product of Bacillus subtilis has been cloned and overexpressed in Escherichia coli and purified. The nucleotide sequence encodes a protein of 471 amino acids with a calculated molecular mass of 54071 Da. The translated amino acid sequence is more than 60% identical to that of the lysine 2,3-aminomutase from Clostridium subterminale SB4. Analytical HPLC gel-permeation chromatography leads to an estimate of an over all molecular mass of 224000+/-21000 Da, which corresponds to a tetrameric protein. The purified protein contains iron, sulphide and pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP) and displays an optical absorption band extending to 700 nm, suggesting the presence of an iron-sulphide cluster. After reductive incubation with L-cysteine anaerobically, the protein catalyses the transformation of L-lysine into beta-lysine in the presence of S-adenosylmethionine (AdoMet) and sodium dithionite. The K(m) value for L-lysine is estimated to be 8.0+/-2.2 mM. The iron-sulphur centre is stable in air,allowing aerobic purification. EPR spectroscopy at 10 K of the purified enzyme revealed an EPR signal similar to that of the [4Fe-4S](3+) cluster observed in the clostridial lysine 2, 3-aminomutase. Incubation with cysteine under anaerobi...Continue Reading

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Lysine 2,3-aminomutase Activity
Alkalescens-Dispar Group
Amino Acids, I.V. solution additive
Proteins, Recombinant DNA
Free Radicals
Pyridoxal Phosphate
Skeletal System

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