The gene for an archaebacterial hyperthermophilic enzyme, aspartate aminotransferase from Sulfolobus solfataricus (AspATSs), was expressed in Escherichia coli and the enzyme purified to homogeneity. A suitable expression vector and host strain were selected and culture conditions were optimized so that 6-7 mg of pure enzyme per litre of culture were obtained repeatedly. The recombinant enzyme and the authentic AspATSs are indistinguishable: in fact, they have the same molecular weight, estimated by means of SDS-PAGE and gel filtration, the same K(m) values for 2-oxo-glutarate and cysteine sulphinate and the same UV-visible spectra. Moreover, recombinant AspATSs is thermophilic and thermostable just as the enzyme extracted from Sulfolobus solfataricus. The protocol described may be used to produce thermostable archaebacterial enzymes in mesophilic hosts.

Expression of a hyperthermophilic aspartate aminotransferase in Escherichia coli

BIROLO, LEILA;CUBELLIS, MARIA VITTORIA;MARINO, GENNARO;SANNIA, GIOVANNI
1992

Abstract

The gene for an archaebacterial hyperthermophilic enzyme, aspartate aminotransferase from Sulfolobus solfataricus (AspATSs), was expressed in Escherichia coli and the enzyme purified to homogeneity. A suitable expression vector and host strain were selected and culture conditions were optimized so that 6-7 mg of pure enzyme per litre of culture were obtained repeatedly. The recombinant enzyme and the authentic AspATSs are indistinguishable: in fact, they have the same molecular weight, estimated by means of SDS-PAGE and gel filtration, the same K(m) values for 2-oxo-glutarate and cysteine sulphinate and the same UV-visible spectra. Moreover, recombinant AspATSs is thermophilic and thermostable just as the enzyme extracted from Sulfolobus solfataricus. The protocol described may be used to produce thermostable archaebacterial enzymes in mesophilic hosts.
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11588/465042
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 7
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 8
social impact