We have constructed and expressed a series of mutated nitrite reductase (NIR) mutants based on the sequence of NIR from Achromobacter cycloclastes. Deleting a pentapeptide, an undecapeptide, or a heptadecapeptide from the C-terminus of NIR resulted in a series of C-terminal deletion mutated proteins designated as NIR-5, NIR-11, and NIR-17, respectively. A C-terminally extended mutated protein, NIR+8, was also produced, which contains an extra octapeptide attached to the C-terminus of the wild-type NIR. An SDS-PAGE system using tris-tricine buffer could retain the native NIR in its trimeric form, thus offering a convenient method to check the quaternary structure of NIR analogs. By using this system it was found that NIR-5 was maintained as trimer and retained 72% of wild-type enzyme activity. However, both NIR-11 and NIR-17 behaved as monomers in the SDS-PAGE and lost all their enzyme activity. Although NIR+8 maintained its trimeric structure it was enzymatically inactive. These results clearly indicate that the C-terminal undecapeptide is essential for maintaining the quaternary structure as well as the full enzymatic activity, as expected from the X-ray crystallography studies.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 29 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology