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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1989 May 31;991(2):347-52.

Kinetic properties of a sn-glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase purified from the unicellular alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

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Botanisches Institut Universität Bonn, F.R.G.


A sn-glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (sn-glycerol-3-phosphate:NAD+ 2-oxidoreductase, EC has been purified from the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii 3400-fold to a specific activity of 34 mumol/mg protein per min by a simple procedure involving two chromatographic steps on affinity dyes. The pH optimum for reduction of dihydroxyacetone phosphate was 6.8 and for glycerol 3-phosphate oxidation it was 9.5. In the direction of dihydroxyacetone phosphate reduction, the enzyme showed Michaelis-Menten kinetics. The enzyme reacted specifically with NADH and dihydroxyacetone phosphate as substrates with affinity constants of 16 and 12 microM, respectively. Product inhibition as well as competitive inhibition pattern indicated a random-bi-bi reaction mechanism for sn-glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase from C. reinhardtii. The effective control of dihydroxyacetone reduction catalysed via this enzyme by ATP, Pi and NAD gave evidence for a physiological role of the enzyme in plastidic glycolysis.

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