Drosophila melanogaster aldolase: Characterization of the isozymes α, β, and γ generated from a single gene

Rong Zhang, Tatsuo Kai, Yasushi Sugimoto, Takahiro Kusakabe, Yozo Takasaki, Katsumi Koga, Katsuji Hori

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Three isozymic forms, α, β, and γ, of Drosophila melanogaster aldolase are produced from a single gene by alternative usage of the triple exons 4 (4α, 4β, and 4γ) (Shaw-Lee et al. (1992) J.Biol. Chem. 267, 3959-3967; Kim et al. (1992) Mol. Cell. Biol. 12, 773-783; Kai et al. (1992) J. Biochem.112, 677-688). The expression plasmids for the respective isozymes were transfected into Escherichia coli cells, and the isozymes α and β were purified to homogeneity by a simple procedure, though isozyme γ was only partially purified. These isozymes are active towards two substrates, fructose-1, 6-bisphosphate (Fru-1, 6-P2) and fructose-1-phosphate (Fru-1-P), with a preference for Fru-1,6-P2 over Fru-1-P, but they have different kcat/Km values towards these two substrates; isozyme α shows the highest kcat/Km value for Fru-1-P among the three isozymes, whereas isozyme β has the highest value for Fru-1,6-P2. These isozymes show similarity in optimal pHs, thermalstability, and Km values for both Fru-1,6-P2 and Fru-1-P. They are composed of four identical subunits of 40 kDa, forming a tetramer with a molecular weight of approximately 160 kDa. The three isozymes are different in primary structure only at the carboxyl-terminal region encoded by the respective exon 4. Therefore, this region should be primarily responsible for the distinct characteristics of these isozymes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-188
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of biochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1995
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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