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Phosphorylation of nucleosides by the mutated acid phosphatase from Morganella morganii.

A novel nucleoside phosphorylation process using the food additive pyrophosphate as the phosphate source was investigated. The Morganella morganii gene encoding a selective nucleoside pyrophosphate phosphotransferase was cloned. It was identical to the M. morganii PhoC acid phosphatase gene. Sequential in vitro random mutagenesis was performed on the gene by error-prone PCR to construct a mutant library. The mutant library was introduced into Escherichia coli, and the transformants were screened for the production of 5'-IMP. One mutated acid phosphatase with an increased phosphotransferase reaction yield was obtained. With E. coli overproducing the mutated acid phosphatase, 101 g of 5'-IMP per liter (192 mM) was synthesized from inosine in an 88% molar yield. This improvement was achieved with two mutations, Gly to Asp at position 92 and Ile to Thr at position 171. A decreased K(m) value for inosine was responsible for the increased productivity.[1]


  1. Phosphorylation of nucleosides by the mutated acid phosphatase from Morganella morganii. Mihara, Y., Utagawa, T., Yamada, H., Asano, Y. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. (2000) [Pubmed]
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