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Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2004 Nov;65(6):686-93. Epub 2004 Aug 5.

A novel N-carbamoyl-L-amino acid amidohydrolase of Pseudomonas sp. strain ON-4a: purification and characterization of N-carbamoyl-L-cysteine amidohydrolase expressed in Escherichia coli.

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Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Science, Hirosaki University, 3 Bunkyo-cho, Hirosaki 036-8561, Japan.


N-carbamoyl-L-cysteine amidohydrolase (NCC amidohydrolase) was purified and characterized from the crude extract of Escherichia coli in which the gene for NCC amidohydrolase of Pseudomonas sp. strain ON-4a was expressed. The enzyme was purified 58-fold to homogeneity with a yield of 16.1% by three steps of column chromatography. The results of gel filtration on Sephacryl S-300 and SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis suggested that the enzyme was a tetramer protein of identical 45-kDa subunits. The optimum pH and temperature of the enzyme activity were pH 9.0 and 50 degrees, respectively. The enzyme required Mn(2+) ion for activity expression and was inhibited by EDTA, Hg(2+) and sulfhydryl reagents. The enzyme was strictly specific for the L-form of N-carbamoyl-amino acids as substrates and exhibited high activity in the hydrolysis of N-carbamoyl-L-cysteine as substrate. These results suggested that the NCC amidohydrolase is a novel L-carbamoylase, different from the known L-carbamoylases.

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