Molecular cloning, Overproduction and characterization of the Bacillus cereus IMP dehydrogenase

Sam In Kim, Takahisa Miyamoto, Ken-ichi Honjoh, Masayoshi Iio, Shoji Hatano

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The gene of IMP dehydrogenase of Bacillus cereus ts-4, a temperature-sensitive mutant of B. cereus JCM 2152, was subcloned and its sequence was analyzed. A B. cereus ts-4 DNA fragment of 2,065 bp containing the entire impdh gene and flanking regions was sequenced. The fragment contained an open reading frame of 1,527 bp encoding 509 amino acids with a calculated molecular mass of 55,390 Da. The impdh sequence of JCM 2152 was also analyzed by TA cloning using PCR products amplified with primers from B. cereus ts-4 impdh gene. The gene amplified by PCR was expressed in Escherichia coli using a pET17×b expression plasmid. The N-terminal amino acid sequence of the overproduced enzyme was identified as Met-Trp- Glu-Ser-Lys-Phe-Val-Lys-Glu-Gly-Leu-Thr-Phe-Asp- Asp-Val-Leu-Leu-Val-Pro. The overproduced enzyme was eluted at a molecular mass of about 225 kDa by gel filtration. The molecular mass of the subunit was estimated to be 56 kDa by SDS-PAGE. The overproduced enzyme was active against IMP, IDP, and ITP, and showed the highest activity at pH 9.5. These properties of the recombinant enzyme were almost identical to those of IMP dehydrogenase of B. cereus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1210-1216
Number of pages7
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry


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