Cloning, expression, characterisation and three-dimensional structure determination of Caenorhabditis elegans spermidine synthase
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The polyamine synthesis enzyme spermidine synthase (SPDS) has been cloned from the model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Biochemical characterisation of the recombinantly expressed protein revealed a high degree of similarity to other eukaryotic SPDS with the exception of a low affinity towards the substrate decarboxylated S-adenosylmethionine (K-m = 110 mu M) and a less pronounced feedback inhibition by the second reaction product 5 '-methylthioadenosine (IC50 = 430 mu M). The C elegans protein that carries a nematode-specific insertion of 27 amino acids close to its N-terminus was crystallized, leading to the first X-ray structure of a dimeric eukaryotic SPDS. (c) 2005 Federation of European Biochemical Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
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