Purification and characterization of the 3-chloro-4-hydroxy-phenylacetate reductive dehalogenase of Desulfitobacterium hafniense

Nina Christensen, Birgitte Kiær Ahring, Gert Wohlfarth, Gabriele Diekert

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    The membrane-bound 3-chloro-4-hydroxyphenylacetate (Cl-OHPA) reductive dehalogenase from the chlorophenol- educing anaerobe Desulfitobacterium hafniense was purified 11.3-fold to apparent homogeneity in the presence of the detergent CHAPS. The purified dehalogenase catalyzed the reductive dechlorination of Cl-OHPA to 4-hydroxyphenylacetate with reduced methyl viologen as the electron donor at a specific activity of 103.2 nkat/mg protein. SDS-PAGErevealed a single protein band with an apparent molecular mass of 46.5 kDa. The enzyme contained 0.68±0.2 mol corrinoid, 12.0±0.7 mol iron, and 13.0±0.7 mol acid-labile sulfur per mol subunit. The N-terminal amino acid sequence of the enzyme was determined and no significant similarity was found to any protein present in the gene bank.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalF E B S Letters
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)159-162
    Publication statusPublished - 1998


    • Tetrachloroethene dehalogenase
    • Iron-sulfur protein
    • 3-Chloro-4-hydroxyphenylacetate reductive dehalogenase
    • Corrinoid protein
    • N-terminal amino acid sequence
    • Desulfitobacterium hafniense

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