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Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2002 Feb;66(2):262-70.

Molecular cloning and functional expression of D-sorbitol dehydrogenase from Gluconobacter suboxydans IF03255, which requires pyrroloquinoline quinone and hydrophobic protein SldB for activity development in E. coli.

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Department of Applied Microbiology, Nippon Roche Research Center, Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan.


The sldA gene that encodes the D-sorbitol dehydrogenase (SLDH) from Gluconobacter suboxydans IFO 3255 was cloned and sequenced. It encodes a polypeptide of 740 residues, which contains a signal sequence of 24 residues. SLDH had 35-37% identity to the membrane-bound quinoprotein glucose dehydrogenases (GDHs) from E. coli, Gluconobacter oxydans, and Acinetobacter calcoaceticus except the N-terminal hydrophobic region of GDH. Additionally, the sldB gene located just upstream of sldA was found to encode a polypeptide consisting of 126 very hydrophobic residues that is similar in sequence to the one-sixth N-terminal region of the GDH. For the development of the SLDH activity in E. coli, co-expression of the sldA and sldB genes and the presence of pyrrloquinolone quinone as a co-factor were required.

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