Enhancing the Enzymatic Activity of a Heme-Dependent Peroxidase through Genetic Modification
Wei Liu, Rong Li, Dan Liu, Wei Feng
A heme-dependent peroxidase (HDP) catalyzes the ortho-hydroxylation of l-tyrosine to l-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (l-DOPA) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. l-DOPA can be used for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. In this work, to improve the catalytic efficiency, the heme-dependent peroxidase has been genetically modified with an elastin-like polypeptide (ELP). bicinchoninic acid (BCA) assay demonstrated that HDP-ELP has a higher solubility in aqueous solutions than HDP. Circular dichroism (CD) spectra showed that HDP-ELP has a higher stability than HDP. Enzyme kinetics has been investigated over a range of substrate concentrations. It has been demonstrated that HDP-ELP exhibited a catalytic efficiency 2.4 times that of HDP.
Circular dichroism, Secondary structure, Ligand binding, Biochemistry