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Eur J Biochem. 1984 Nov 2;144(3):475-83.

Simultaneous purification of hexokinase, class-I fructose-bisphosphate aldolase, triosephosphate isomerase and phosphoglycerate kinase from Trypanosoma brucei.


A method is presented for the simultaneous purification of hexokinase, fructose-bisphosphate aldolase, triosephosphate isomerase and phosphoglycerate kinase, and the partial purification of glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (NAD+), 6-phosphofructokinase, glucosephosphate isomerase, and glycerol kinase from Trypanosoma brucei. As a first step, the glycosomes, microbody-like organelles of Trypanosomatidae, containing almost exclusively enzymes involved in glucose and glycerol metabolism [Opperdoes, F. R. and Borst, P. (1977) FEBS Lett. 80, 360-364], were purified eightfold from homogenates with an average yield of 38%. Subsequently, the glycosomal content was subjected to hydrophobic interaction chromatography on phenyl-Sepharose. This step results in pure hexokinase (15% final yield) and almost pure triosephosphate isomerase, while the other glycosomal enzymes elute as mixtures of two or three enzymes. Triosephosphate isomerase was further purified to homogeneity on CM-cellulose (33% final yield), while phosphoglycerate kinase and fructose-bisphosphate aldolase were separated from each other and purified to homogeneity by affinity chromatography using ATP-Sepharose (25% and 30% final yields, respectively). Fructose-bisphosphate aldolase was further characterized as a typical class I enzyme.

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