Mar 16, 1976

Ornithine carbamoyltransferase from Escherichia coli W. Purification, structure and steady-state kinetic analysis

European Journal of Biochemistry
C Legrain, V Stalon


Ornithine carbamoyltransferase from Escherichia coli W was purified to homogeneity. The enzyme has a molecular weight of 105000. It is composed of three apparently identical subunits with molecular weights of 35000. The mechanism of the ornithine carbamoyltransferase enzyme system from E. coli W was investigated kinetically by using the approach of product inhibition and dead-end inhibition of both forward and reverse reactions. On the basis of the kinetic data and binding studies it appears that the mechanism of the reaction involves a compulsory sequence of substrate binding to the enzyme, in which carbamoylphosphate is the first substrate to bind to the enzyme and phosphate the last product to be released. The same studies also indicate that the mechanism involves dead-end complexes. The reaction mechanism appears consistent with that proposed by Theorell and Chance. Values have been determined for the Michaelis and dissociation constants involved in the combination of each reactant with the enzyme. Comparison of the values for the kinetic constants which are common to both forward and reverse reaction have shown that they are always of a comparable magnitude.

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