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Eur J Biochem. 1987 May 15;165(1):147-55.

Purification and characterization of D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase from the thermophilic archaebacterium Methanothermus fervidus.


The D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase from the extremely thermophilic archaebacterium Methanothermus fervidus was purified and crystallized. The enzyme is a homomeric tetramer (molecular mass of subunits 45 kDa). Partial sequence analysis shows homology to the enzymes from eubacteria and from the cytoplasm of eukaryotes. Unlike these enzymes, the D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase from Methanothermus fervidus reacts with both NAD+ and NADP+ and is not inhibited by pentalenolactone. The enzyme is intrinsically stable up to 75 degrees C. It is stabilized by the coenzyme NADP+ and at high ionic strength up to about 90 degrees C. Breaks in the Arrhenius and Van't Hoff plots indicate conformational changes of the enzyme at around 52 degrees C.

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