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Characterization of a soluble inorganic pyrophosphatase from Microcystis aeruginosa and preparation of its antibody.

A soluble inorganic pyrophosphatase was isolated from a crude extract of Microcystis aeruginosa by adsorption chromatography. The enzyme was purified to homogeneity as judged by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and nondenaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and N-terminal amino acid analysis. The molecular mass was estimated to be 80 kDa by gel filtration chromatography, 87 kDa by nondenaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and 28 kDa by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The enzyme has an isoelectric point of 4.5, which is similar to the pI values reported for other soluble inorganic pyrophosphatases. The sequence of 29 N-terminal amino acids was determined; only 4 of these amino acids are identical to those in the sequence of Saccharomyces cerevisiae inorganic pyrophosphatase. M. aeruginosa inorganic pyrophosphatase is a Mg(2+)-dependent enzyme exhibiting a pH optimum of around 7. 5. Its KM value for inorganic pyrophosphate was estimated to be 1.30 mM. A specific antibody was raised in chicken to M. aeruginosa inorganic pyrophosphatase. No immunological cross-reactivity was seen when Western blots of partially purified S. cerevisiae or Escherichia coli inorganic pyrophosphatase were probed with the antibody.[1]


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