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The Escherichia coli MurB gene encoding UDP-N-acetylenolpyruvylglucosamine reductase was expressed to a level of approximately 100 mg/L as a fusion construct with maltose binding protein. Rapid affinity purification, proteolysis, and anion exchange chromatography yielded homogeneous enzyme containing 1 mol/mol bound FAD. Enzyme was maximally activated by(More)
In order to understand the nature of ATP and L-glutamate binding to glutamine synthetase, and the involvement of Arg 339 and Arg 359 in catalysis, these amino acids were changed to cysteine via site-directed mutagenesis. Individual mutations (Arg-->Cys) at positions 339 and 359 led to a sharp drop in catalytic activity. Additionally, the Km values for the(More)
Uridine 5'-diphospho-N-acetylenolpyruvylglucosamine reductase (MurB), the second enzyme in the peptidoglycan synthetic pathway of Escherichia coli, has been crystallized in two previously unreported forms, one orthorhombic and the other monoclinic. MurB (molecular mass 38 kDa) crystallizes in a range of conditions that utilize polyethylene glycol fractions(More)
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