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A reinvestigation on the quaternary structure of ascorbate oxidase from Cucurbita pepo medullosa.

The optical properties, copper content, catalytic activity and quaternary structure of many preparations of ascorbate oxidase purified with two different methods were examined. Fresh samples appeared identical and were characterized by optical ratios A280/A610 = 25 +/- 1 and A330/A610 = 0.8 +/- 0.05, by specific activity toward ascorbate of 3.48 +/- 0.05 mol g-1 min-1 and by a copper content of 8 +/- 0.3 mol/145 000 Mr. The enzyme is composed of two non-covalently linked subunits of slightly different molecular mass (75 000 and 72 000 respectively). These subunits cannot be further resolved by reduction of disulfide bonds. Proteolytic cleavage of the protein chains was observed during purification and storage in the absence of the protease inhibitor 6-amino caproic acid. Ascorbate oxidase exists as a monomer at neutral pH and undergoes reversible association into higher molecular weight species at slightly acid pH values. Association is not accompanied by spectroscopic or catalytic changes.[1]


  1. A reinvestigation on the quaternary structure of ascorbate oxidase from Cucurbita pepo medullosa. Avigliano, L., Vecchini, P., Sirianni, P., Marcozzi, G., Marchesini, A., Mondovi, B. Mol. Cell. Biochem. (1983) [Pubmed]
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