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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Comparison of kinetic and molecular properties of two forms of amygdalin hydrolase from black cherry (Prunus serotina Ehrh.) seeds.

Two forms of the beta-glucosidase amygdalin hydrolase (AH I and II), which catalyze the hydrolysis of (R)-amygdalin to (R)-prunasin and D-glucose, have been purified over 200-fold from mature black cherry (Prunus serotina Ehrh.) seeds. These proteins showed very similar molecular and kinetic properties but could be resolved by chromatofocusing and isoelectric focusing. AH I and II were monomeric (Mr 60,000) and had isoelectric points of 6.6 and 6.5, respectively. Their glycoprotein character was indicated by positive periodic acid-Schiff staining and by their binding to concanavalin A-Sepharose 4B with subsequent elution by alpha-Me-D-glucoside. Of the natural glycosidic substrates tested, both enzymes showed a pronounced preference for the endogenous cyanogenic disaccharide (R)-amygdalin. They also hydrolyzed at the same active site the synthetic substrates p-nitrophenyl-beta-D-glucoside and 4-methylumbelliferyl-beta-D-glucoside but were inactive towards (R)-prunasin, p-nitrophenyl-alpha-D-glucoside, and 4-methylumbelliferyl-alpha-D-glucoside. Maximum hydrolytic activity was shown in citrate-phosphate buffer in the pH range 4.5-5. 0. AH I and II were inhibited competitively by the reaction product (R)-prunasin and noncompetitively (mixed type) by delta-gluconolactone and castanospermine.[1]


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