A novel beta-diketone-cleaving enzyme from Acinetobacter johnsonii: acetylacetone 2,3-oxygenase.


A novel Fe+Zn containing oxygenase from Acinetobacter johnsonii catalyses 2,3-cleavage of acetylacetone to acetate and methylglyoxal has been purified. The stoichiometry of reactants and products conforms to a classical dioxygenase. The pure protein is a homotetramer of 64kD with variable amounts of Fe(2+) and Zn(2+). Activity of the enzyme is more closely… (More)