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Eur J Biochem. 1990 Dec 27;194(3):853-61.

Over-production, purification and properties of the uridine-diphosphate-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanyl-D-glutamate: meso-2,6-diaminopimelate ligase from Escherichia coli.

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  • 1Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Universit√© de Paris-Sud, Orsay, France.


The UDP-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanyl-D-glutamate:meso-2,6-diaminopimelate ligase was over-produced and purified from two plasmid-harbouring strains of Escherichia coli. The first strain, E. coli JM83(pHE5), gave a 15-fold over-production relative to parental strain. The enzyme could be partially purified (8.8-fold) by ion-exchange chromatography. With the second strain, E. coli JM83(pMLD25), a very strong over-production was obtained, since the enzyme represented about 20% of the cytoplasmic proteins. Purification yielded 77% protein homogeneity. However, the enzymatic activity, which was very unstable, was lost during the purification procedure. Several properties of the enzyme were studied. The enzyme gave maximal activity around pH 8. The isoelectric point was 5.2. The activity was increased by potassium phosphate. Reverse and exchange reactions could be catalysed. The N-terminal sequence of the protein was determined and correlated with the nucleotide sequence of the murE gene. The actual initiation codon was assigned.

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