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Biochem J. 1982 Oct 1;207(1):109-15.

Isolation of the membrane-bound 26 000-Mr penicillin-binding protein of Streptomyces strain K15 in the form of a penicillin-sensitive D-alanyl-D-alanine-cleaving transpeptidase.


The membrane-bound, 26 000-Mr penicillin-binding protein of Streptomyces K15 has been isolated in the form of an effective, penicillin-sensitive D-alanyl-D-alanine-cleaving peptidase exhibiting high transpeptidase activity (greater than 95%) and very low carboxy-peptidase activity (less than 5%). The penicillin-binding protein/transpeptidase can be extracted directly from the mycelium with N-cetyl-NNN-trimethylammonium bromide (Cetavlon) and subsequently obtained at 90% purity and with an 8000-fold specific enrichment (when compared with the activity of the isolated membranes) by a two-step procedure involving Sephadex filtration and affinity chromatography on ampicillin-linked CH Sepharose 4B in the presence of detergent. At saturating concentrations of the co-substrates diacetyl-L-Lys-D-Ala-D-Ala and Gly-Gly, the catalytic-centre activity is about 0.3 s-1.

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