PMID: 1998726Jan 29, 1991Paper

Secondary structure of Escherichia coli glucosamine-6-phosphate deaminase from amino acid sequence and circular dichroism spectroscopy

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
M M AltamiranoM L Calcagno


The secondary structure of the purified glucosamine-6-phosphate deaminase from Escherichia coli K12 was investigated by both circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and empirical prediction methods. The enzyme was obtained by allosteric-site affinity chromatography from an overproducing strain bearing a pUC18 plasmid carrying the structural gene for the enzyme. From CD analysis, 34% of alpha-helix, 9% of parallel beta-sheet, 11% of antiparallel beta-sheet, 15% turns and 35% of non-repetitive structures, were estimated. A joint prediction scheme, combining six prediction methods with defined rules using several physicochemical indices, gave the following values: alpha-helix, 37%; beta-sheet, 22%; turns, 18% and coil, 23%. The structure predicted showed also a considerable degree of alternacy of alpha and beta structures; 64% of helices are amphipathic and 90% of beta-sheets are hydrophobic. Overall, the data suggest that deaminase has as dominant motif, an alpha/beta structure.


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