Molecular characterization of alanine racemase in the Kuruma prawn Marsupenaeus japonicus.

@article{Yoshikawa2009MolecularCO,
  title={Molecular characterization of alanine racemase in the Kuruma prawn Marsupenaeus japonicus.},
  author={Naoko Yoshikawa and Shigeru Okada and Hiroki Abe},
  journal={Journal of biochemistry},
  year={2009},
  volume={145 2},
  pages={249-58}
}
Aquatic crustaceans and some bivalve mollusks are known to contain copious amounts of free d-alanine in their tissues. For the first time in the animal kingdom, we have isolated a cDNA clone encoding alanine racemase from the muscle and hepatopancreas of the kuruma prawn Marsupenaeus japonicus. The recombinant enzyme expressed in Escherichia coli exhibited alanine recemase activity. The deduced amino-acid sequence showed only 23-31% identity to bacterial alanine racemases. However, the active… CONTINUE READING

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