Jun 1, 1976

Studies of glutamate dehydrogenase. Regulation of glutamate dehydrogenase from Candida utilis by a pH and temperature-dependent conformational transition

European Journal of Biochemistry
P NeumannH Sund


Glutamate dehydrogenase from Candida utilis undergoes a reversible conformational transition between an active and an inactive state at low pH AND low temperature. This conformational transition can also be followed by fluorescence measurements. The temperature-dependent equilibrium between the active and the inactive state is characterized by a transition temperature of 10.7 degrees C and a delta H value of 148 kcal/mol (620 kJ/mol). The temperature dependence of the enzymic activity above 15 degrees C yields an activation energy of 15 kcal/mol (63 kJ/mol), a larger value than that for the beef liver enzyme (9 kcal/mol; 38 kJ/mol). In contrast to the yeast enzyme the Arrhenius plot is linear and, therefore, the beef liver enzyme is not transformed into an inactive conformation at low temperatures. Sedimentation analysis shows that the inactivation of the Candida utilis enzyme is not caused by change in the quaternary structure. The pH dependence of the conformational transition at low pH measured by fluorescence change is characterized by a pK value of 7.01 for the enzyme in the absence and of 6.89 for the enzyme in the presence of 2-oxoglutarate with a Hill coefficient of 3.4 in both cases. Similar results are found when the ...Continue Reading

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Torulopsis utilis
Alpha Ketoglutarate
Protein Conformation
Sedimentation Procedure
Metaplastic Cell Transformation

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