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Purification of dihydropterin reductase using immobilized Cibacron Blue.

Chromatography on columns of immobilized Cibacron Blue (Blue Dextran--agarose) can be used as a major step in the purification of quinonoid dihydropterin reductase. The reductase has been isolated from fractions of beef kidney by selective binding to the immobilized Cibacron in the presence of tetrahydropterin. The binding of the reductase to Blue Dextran and its specific elution from columns of Blue Dextran--agarose indicate that the reductase possesses the dinucleotide (NAD+) binding domain. The results of kinetic experiments give validity to both our affinity chromatography of the reductase and to an ordered mechanism for the formation of tetrahydropterin. Chromatography on Blue Dextran--agarose has been used to show that folate or amethopterin can compete with Cibacron Blue for the dinucleotide domain of the reductase. The p-aminobenzoyl-glutamate moiety of the folates competes with Cibacron Blue for the NADH site of the reductase. A stable binary complex of dihydropterin reductase with NADH has been detected by gel electrophoresis.[1]


  1. Purification of dihydropterin reductase using immobilized Cibacron Blue. Chauvin, M.M., Korri, K.K., Tirpak, A., Simpson, R.C., Scrimgeour, K.G. Can. J. Biochem. (1979) [Pubmed]
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