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Purification of 1,3-propanediol dehydrogenase from Citrobacter freundii and cloning, sequencing, and overexpression of the corresponding gene in Escherichia coli.

1,3-Propanediol dehydrogenase (EC was purified to homogeneity from Citrobacter freundii grown anaerobically on glycerol in continuous culture. The enzyme is an octamer of a polypeptide of 43,400 Da. When tested as a dehydrogenase, the enzyme was most active with substrates containing two primary alcohol groups separated by one or two carbon atoms. In the physiological direction, 3-hydroxypropionaldehyde was the preferred substrate. The apparent Km values of the enzyme for 3-hydroxypropionaldehyde and NADH were 140 and 33 microM, respectively. The enzyme was inhibited by chelators of divalent cations but could be reactivated by the addition of Fe2+. The dhaT gene, encoding the 1,3-propanediol dehydrogenase, was cloned, and its nucleotide sequence (1,164 bp) was determined. The deduced dhaT gene product (387 amino acids, 41,324 Da) showed a high level of similarity to a novel family (type III) of alcohol dehydrogenases. The dhaT gene was overexpressed in Escherichia coli 274-fold by using the T7 RNA polymerase/promoter system.[1]


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