Chiharu Nakai

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Catechol 1,2-dioxygenase (pyrocatechase) has been purified to homogeneity from Pseudomonas putida mt-2. Most properties of this enzyme, such as the absorption spectrum, iron content, pH stability, pH optimum, substrate specificity, Km values, and amino acid composition, were similar to those of catechol 1,2-dioxygenase obtained from Pseudomonas arvilla C-1(More)
Three isozymes of catechol 1,2-dioxygenase (pyrocatechase) from Pseudomonas arvilla C-1 were separated using DEAE-Toyopearl chromatography. The specific activities of each isozyme were similar to one another. The molecular weights of isozymes 1, 2, and 3 were estimated to be approximately 67,000, 64,000, and 59,000, respectively, from gel filtration. On(More)
(1R,2R)-1-(5'-Methylfur-3'-yl)propane-1,2,3-triol (MFPT), a stable anhydro derivative of sphydrofuran, was obtained from the culture broth of STREPTOMYCES: sp. strain FV60 as an inhibitor of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). The compound showed antiherpetic activity with a 50% inhibitory concentration of 1.2 IM in an in vitro assay system. Although the(More)
Metapyrocatechase which catalyzes the oxygenative ring cleavage of catechol to form alpha-hydroxymuconic epsilon-semialdehyde is encoded by the xylE gene on the TOL plasmid of Pseudomonas putida mt-2. We have cloned the xylE region in Escherichia coli and determined the nucleotide sequence of the DNA fragment of 985 base pairs around the gene. The fragment(More)
Site-specific cleavage of the 22-, 132- and 534-base RNAs by the DNA/protein hybrid RNase H were examined. The 22-base RNA was chemically synthesized, and 132- and 534-base RNAs were prepared by run-off transcription. The hybrid enzyme cleaves these RNAs, which contain a single target sequence, primarily at the unique phosphodiester bond within the target(More)
Catechol 1,2-dioxygenase catalyzes the oxygenative ring cleavage of catechol to form cis,cis-muconic acid and is encoded by a catA gene. We have cloned a catA gene from Pseudomonas putida mt-2 using a PCR product of amino acid sequence-based primers as a probe. The amino acid sequence deduced from the 930 nucleotides was in complete agreement with the(More)