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Microbiol Res. 1996 Dec;151(4):359-70.

Molecular cloning and homology modeling of protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenase from Pseudomonas marginata.

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Institute of Biotechnology, University of Technology Graz, Austria.


The genes that encode the alpha and beta subunits of protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenase (3,4-PCD [EC]) were cloned from a Pseudomonas marginata genomic library. These genes pcaG and pcaH, were found when screening the library for hydrolase genes. The two open reading frames of the PCD genes could be identified adjacent to an esterase gene by sequence homology. A 1.7-kb KpnI/ApaI fragment, carrying pcaG and pcaH, was subcloned and the genes were functionally expressed in Escherichia coli. The deduced amino acid sequence shows high homology to previously determined amino acid sequences of bacterial protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenases. A homology model based on the available crystal structure of the protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa shows high similarity with the binding and catalytic sites.

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