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Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2013 Sep;97(18):8079-86. doi: 10.1007/s00253-012-4629-4. Epub 2012 Dec 21.

A NADPH-dependent (S)-imine reductase (SIR) from Streptomyces sp. GF3546 for asymmetric synthesis of optically active amines: purification, characterization, gene cloning, and expression.

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  • 1Department of Biomolecular Science, Faculty of Engineering, Gifu University, 1-1 Yanagido, Gifu, 501-1193, Japan.


A NADPH-dependent (S)-imine reductase (SIR) was purified to be homogeneous from the cell-free extract of Streptomyces sp. GF3546. SIR appeared to be a homodimer protein with subunits of 30.5 kDa based on SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and HPLC gel filtration. It also catalyzed the (S)-enantioselective reduction of not only 2-methyl-1-pyrroline (2-MPN) but also 1-methyl-3,4-dihydroisoquinoline and 6,7-dimethoxy-1-methyl-3,4-dihydroisoquinoline. Specific activities for their imines were 130, 44, and 2.6 nmol min(-1) mg(-1), and their optical purities were 92.7 % ee, 96.4 % ee, and >99 % ee, respectively. Using a NADPH-regenerating system, 10 mM 2-MPN was converted to amine with 100 % conversion and 92 % ee after 24 h. The amino acid sequence analysis revealed that SIR showed about 60 % identity to 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase. However, it showed only 37 % identity with Streptomyces sp. GF3587 (R)-imine reductase. Expression of SIR in Escherichia coli was achieved, and specific activity of the cell-free extract was about two times higher than that of the cell-free extract of Streptomyces sp. GF3546.

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