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Overproduction of glutamate racemase of Pediococcus pentosaceus in Escherichia coli clone cells and its purification.

We previously isolated a 6.0-kb DNA fragment that specifies glutamate racemase activity from the chromosomal DNA of Pediococcus pentosaceus by digestion with HindIII (N. Nakajima, K. Tanizawa, H. Tanaka, and K. Soda, 1986), Agric. Biol. Chem. 50, 2823-2830). We digested it further with EcoRI to obtain a fragment of 1.8 kb, which was blunt-ended and ligated into the SmaI site of vector plasmid pKK223-3. The recombinant plasmid showed a high glutamate racemase activity upon transformation of Escherichia coli W3110 cells with it; the plasmid was named pICR223. Glutamate racemase was overproduced in the clone cells and occurred in inclusion bodies in the cells. The enzyme was solubilized with 6 M urea, renatured by dialysis to remove urea, and purified to homogeneity with an overall yield of about 70% after a single DEAE-cellulose column chromatography. The amount of enzyme produced by the clone cells corresponded to about 38% of the total insoluble protein.[1]


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