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Interaction of sheep liver apo-serine hydroxymethyltransferase with pyridoxal-5'-phosphate: A physicochemical, kinetic, and thermodynamic study

Brahatheeswaran, Bhaskar and Prakash, V and Savithri, Handanahal S and Rao, Appaji N (1996) Interaction of sheep liver apo-serine hydroxymethyltransferase with pyridoxal-5'-phosphate: A physicochemical, kinetic, and thermodynamic study. In: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 330 (2). pp. 363-372.

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Sheep liver serine hydroxymethyltransferase (EC is a homotetramer of M(r) 213,000 requiring pyridoxal-5'-phosphate (PLP) as cofactor, Removal of PLP from the holoenzyme converted the enzyme to the apo form which, in addition to being inactive, was devoid of the characteristic absorption spectrum. Upon the addition of PLP to the apoenzyme, complete activity was restored and the visible absorption spectrum with a maximum at 425 nm was regained. The interaction of PLP with the apoenzyme revealed two phases of reaction with pseudo-first-order rate constants of 20 +/- 5 s(-1) and 12.2 +/- 2.0 x 10(-3) s(-1), respectively. However, addition of PLP to the apoenzyme did not cause gross conformational changes as evidenced by circular dichroic and fluorescence spectroscopy. Although conformationally apoenzyme and holoenzyme were indistinguishable, they had distinct apparent melting temperatures of 51 +/- 2 and 58 +/- 2 degrees C, respectively, and the reconstituted holoenzyme was thermally as stable as the native holoenzyme. These results suggested that there was no apparent difference in the secondary structure of holoenzyme, apoenzyme, and reconstituted holoenzyme, However, sedimentation analysis of the apoenzyme revealed the presence of two peaks of S-20,S-w values of 8.7 +/- 0.5 and 5.7 +/- 0.3 S, respectively. A similar pattern was observed when the apoenzyme was chromatographed on a calibrated Sephadex G-150 column. The first peak corresponded to the tetrameric form (M(r) 200,000 +/- 15,000) while the second peak had a M(r) of 130,000 +/- 10,000. Reconstitution experiments revealed that only the tetrameric form of the apoenzyme could be converted into an active holoenzyme while the dimeric form could not be reconstituted into an active enzyme. These results demonstrate that PLP plays an important role in maintaining the structural integrity of the enzyme by preventing the dissociation of the enzyme into subunits, in addition to its function in catalysis. (C) 1996 Academic Press, Inc.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Publisher: Elsevier science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2011 06:42
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2011 06:42
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/37322

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