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Protein Sci. 1997 Oct;6(10):2159-65.

Dissection of the gene of the bifunctional PGK-TIM fusion protein from the hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga maritima: design and characterization of the separate triosephosphate isomerase.

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Institut für Biophysik und Physikalische Biochemie, Universität Regensburg, Germany.

Abstract

Triosephosphate isomerase (TIM), from the hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga maritima, has been shown to be covalently linked to phosphoglycerate kinase (PGK) forming a bifunctional fusion protein with TIM as the C-terminal portion of the subunits of the tetrameric protein (Schurig et al., EMBO J 14:442-451, 1995). To study the effect of the anomalous state of association on the structure, stability, and function of Thermotoga TIM, the isolated enzyme was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli, and compared with its wild-type structure in the PGK-TIM fusion protein. After introducing a start codon at the beginning of the tpi open reading frame, the gene was expressed in E.c.BL21(DE3)/ pNBTIM. The nucleotide sequence was confirmed and the protein purified as a functional dimer of 56.5 kDa molecular mass. Spectral analysis, using absorption, fluorescence emission, near- and far-UV circular dichroism spectroscopy were used to compare the separated Thermotoga enzyme with its homologs from mesophiles. The catalytic properties of the enzyme at approximately 80 degrees C are similar to those of its mesophilic counterparts at their respective physiological temperatures, in accordance with the idea that under in vivo conditions enzymes occupy corresponding states. As taken from chaotropic and thermal denaturation transitions, the separated enzyme exhibits high intrinsic stability, with a half-concentration of guanidinium-chloride at 3.8 M, and a denaturation half-time at 80 degrees C of 2 h. Comparing the properties of the TIM portion of the PGK-TIM fusion protein with those of the isolated recombinant TIM, it is found that the fusion of the two enzymes not only enhances the intrinsic stability of TIM but also its catalytic efficiency.

PMID:
9336838
PMCID:
PMC2143554
DOI:
10.1002/pro.5560061010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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