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Microbial Cell Factories

, 9:91

First Online: 23 November 2010Received: 30 August 2010Accepted: 23 November 2010


BackgroundFumarase catalyzes the reversible hydration of fumarate to L-malate and is a key enzyme in the tricarboxylic acid TCA cycle and in amino acid metabolism. Fumarase is also used for the industrial production of L-malate from the substrate fumarate. Thermostable and high-activity fumarases from organisms that inhabit extreme environments may have great potential in industry, biotechnology, and basic research. The marine environment is highly complex and considered one of the main reservoirs of microbial diversity on the planet. However, most of the microorganisms are inaccessible in nature and are not easily cultivated in the laboratory. Metagenomic approaches provide a powerful tool to isolate and identify enzymes with novel biocatalytic activities for various biotechnological applications.

ResultsA plasmid metagenomic library was constructed from uncultivated marine microorganisms within marine water samples. Through sequence-based screening of the DNA library, a gene encoding a novel fumarase named FumF was isolated. Amino acid sequence analysis revealed that the FumF protein shared the greatest homology with Class II fumarate hydratases from Bacteroides sp. 2 1 33B and Parabacteroides distasonis ATCC 8503 26% identical and 43% similar. The putative fumarase gene was subcloned into pETBlue-2 vector and expressed in E. coli BL21DE3pLysS. The recombinant protein was purified to homogeneity. Functional characterization by high performance liquid chromatography confirmed that the recombinant FumF protein catalyzed the hydration of fumarate to form L-malate. The maximum activity for FumF protein occurred at pH 8.5 and 55°C in 5 mM Mg. The enzyme showed higher affinity and catalytic efficiency under optimal reaction conditions: Km= 0.48 mM, Vmax = 827 μM-min-mg, and kcat-Km = 1900 mM-s.

ConclusionsWe isolated a novel fumarase gene, fumF, from a sequence-based screen of a plasmid metagenomic library from uncultivated marine microorganisms. The properties of FumF protein may be ideal for the industrial production of L-malate under higher temperature conditions. The identification of FumF underscores the potential of marine metagenome screening for novel biomolecules.

List of abbreviations usedFumAfumarase A

FumBfumarase B

FumCfumarase C

SDS-PAGEsodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis

E. coliEscherichia coli

Ni-NTAnickel-nitrilotriacetic acid

HPLChigh performance liquid chromatography

EDTAethylenediaminetetraacetic acid

SDSsodium dodecyl sulfate

ORFopen reading frame.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1475-2859-9-91 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Chengjian Jiang - Lan-Lan Wu - Gao-Chao Zhao - Pei-Hong Shen - Ke Jin - Zhen-Yu Hao - Shuang-Xi Li - Ge-Fei Ma - Feng-Feng


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