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B6db references: 10651807

type Journal Article
authors Capelluto, D. G.; Hellman, U.; Cazzulo, J. J.; Cannata, J. J.
title Purification and some properties of serine hydroxymethyltransferase from Trypanosoma cruzi
journal Eur J Biochem
sel selected
ui 10651807
year (2000)
volume 267
number 3
pages 712-9
keywords Amino Acid Sequence
abstract A single form of serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT) was detected in epimastigotes of Trypanosoma cruzi, in contrast to the three isoforms of the enzyme characterized from another trypanosomatid, Crithidia fasciculata [Capelluto D.G.S., Hellman U., Cazzulo J.J. & Cannata J.J.B. (1999) Mol. Biochem. Parasitol. 98, 187-201]. The T. cruzi SHMT was found to be highly unstable in crude extracts. In the presence of the cysteine proteinase inhibitors N-alpha-p-tosyl-L-lysine chloromethyl ketone and Ltrans-3-carboxyoxiran-2-carbonyl-L- leucylagmatine, however, the enzyme could be purified to homogeneity. Digitonin treatment of intact cells suggested that the enzyme is cytosolic. T. cruzi SHMT presents a monomeric structure shown by the apparent molecular masses of 69 kDa (native) and 55 kDa (subunit) determined by Sephadex G-200 gel filtration and SDS/PAGE, respectively. This is in contrast to the tetrameric SHMTs described in C. fasciculata and other eukaryotes. The enzyme was pyridoxal phosphate-dependent after L-cysteine and hydroxylamine treatments and it was strongly inhibited by the substrate analog folate, which was competitive towards tetrahydrofolate and noncompetitive towards L-serine. Partial sequencing of tryptic internal peptides of the enzyme indicate considerable similarity with other SHMTs, particularly from those of plant origin.
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