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Aromatic metabolism in Rhizobium trifolii - protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenase

Chen, Y.P., Dilworth, M.J. and Glenn, A.R. (1984) Aromatic metabolism in Rhizobium trifolii - protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenase. Archives of Microbiology, 138 (3). pp. 187-190.

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Protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenase (EC has been purified 42-fold from 4-hydroxybenzoate-grown cells of Rhizobium trifolii TA1, where it constitutes about 2% of the cell protein. The dioxygenase has a molecular weight of 220,000, with two dissimilar sub-units of molecular weights 29,000 and 26,500, corresponding to an α4β4 composition. The enzyme is specific for protocatechuate, with a Km of 1.75×10-5 M and maximum activity at pH 9.2. Metal removal and replacement studies indicate that the enzyme contains complexed Fe3+ which is required for activity. Direct atomic absorption analysis gave 1.3–1.5 g atoms Fe3+ per mole of isolated enzyme, but correction for metal-deficient proteins suggests that the value is close to 2.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Publisher: Springer Verlag
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