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Phytochemistry. 2000 Mar;53(5):533-8.

Purification and characterization of UDP-glucuronate: baicalein 7-O-glucuronosyltransferase from Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi. cell suspension cultures.

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School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kitasato University, Tokyo, Japan.


UDP-glucuronate: baicalein 7-O-glucuronosyltransferase (UBGAT) catalyzes the transfer of glucuronic acid from UDP-glucuronic acid to the 7-OH of baicalein. UBGAT was purified from cultured cells of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi (Lamiaceae). It was purified 95-fold using various chromatography and chromatofocusing procedures to apparent homogeneity. The Mr was estimated to be 110 kDa by gel filtration chromatography with a 52 kDa subunit by SDS-PAGE. The isoelectric point was pH 4.8. UBGAT was specific to UDP-glucuronic acid as a sugar donor and flavones with substitution ortho- to the 7-OH group such its baicalein (6-OH), scutellarein (6-OH) and wogonin (8-OMe).

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