A mutation study of catalytic residue Asp 52 in hen egg lysozyme

Yoshio Hashimoto, Keiko Yamada, Hiroyuki Motoshima, Tadahiro Omura, Hidenori Yamada, Takanori Yasukochi, Takeyoshi Miki, Tadashi Ueda, Taiji Imoto

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We constructed a system for the expression and secretion of mature hen lysozyme by yeast using an intermediate 'secretion-signal cassette' vector, pKP1700, containing the yeast invertase signal sequence and an expression vector, pAM82, for secretion and maturation of the enzyme. Using this system, mutants of hen lysozyme were produced and the catalytic mechanism in hen lysozyme was definitely confirmed. The hydrolytic activity of D52A as to substrate (NAG), at pH 5.0 was obviously decreased to one-four hundredth of that of the wild type. The acidic limb of the pH-activity profile observed for the wild-type was not observed for D52A, and the pK(a) of Glu 35 on the alkaline limb was seen for both enzymes. Moreover, no structural change was detected on X-ray analysis of D52A. Therefore, we confirmed that dissociated Asp 52 assists catalysis by producing an electrostatic field and by stabilizing the oxocarbonium ion intermediate in the dissociated form.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-150
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of biochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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