Production of L-ribose from L-ribulose by a triple-site variant of mannose-6-phosphate isomerase from Geobacillus thermodenitrificans

Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Yu-Ri LimDeok-Kun Oh


A triple-site variant (W17Q N90A L129F) of mannose-6-phosphate isomerase from Geobacillus thermodenitrificans was obtained by combining variants with residue substitutions at different positions after random and site-directed mutagenesis. The specific activity and catalytic efficiency (k(cat)/K(m)) for L-ribulose isomerization of this variant were 3.1- and 7.1-fold higher, respectively, than those of the wild-type enzyme at pH 7.0 and 70°C in the presence of 1 mM Co(2+). The triple-site variant produced 213 g/liter l-ribose from 300 g/liter L-ribulose for 60 min, with a volumetric productivity of 213 g liter(-1) h(-1), which was 4.5-fold higher than that of the wild-type enzyme. The k(cat)/K(m) and productivity of the triple-site variant were approximately 2-fold higher than those of the Thermus thermophilus R142N variant of mannose-6-phosphate isomerase, which exhibited the highest values previously reported.


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