Characterization of a novel Agrobacterium tumefaciens galactarolactone cycloisomerase enzyme for direct conversion of D-galactarolactone to 3-deoxy-2-keto-L-threo-hexarate.

@article{Andberg2012CharacterizationOA,
  title={Characterization of a novel Agrobacterium tumefaciens galactarolactone cycloisomerase enzyme for direct conversion of D-galactarolactone to 3-deoxy-2-keto-L-threo-hexarate.},
  author={Martina Andberg and Hannu Maaheimo and Harry Boer and Merja Penttil{\"a} and Anu Koivula and Peter Richard},
  journal={The Journal of biological chemistry},
  year={2012},
  volume={287 21},
  pages={17662-71}
}
Microorganisms use different pathways for D-galacturonate catabolism. In the known microbial oxidative pathway, D-galacturonate is oxidized to D-galactarolactone, the lactone hydrolyzed to galactarate, which is further converted to 3-deoxy-2-keto-hexarate and α-ketoglutarate. We have shown recently that Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain C58 contains an uronate dehydrogenase (At Udh) that oxidizes D-galacturonic acid to D-galactarolactone. Here we report identification of a novel enzyme from the… CONTINUE READING

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