Effect of UV Radiation on a Thermostable Superoxide Dismutase Purified from a Thermophilic Bacterium Isolated from a Sterilization Drying Oven

Author(s): María T. Monsalves, Maximiliano J. Amenabar, Gabriela P. Ollivet-Besson, Jenny M. Blamey.

Journal Name: Protein & Peptide Letters

Volume 20 , Issue 7 , 2013

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A thermostable superoxide dismutase from a thermophilic bacterium, called Geobacillus wiegeli (GWE1), isolated from the interior of a sterilization drying oven, was purified by anion-exchange and molecular size-exclusion liquid chromatography. On the basis of SDS-PAGE, the purified enzyme was found to be homogeneous and showed an estimated subunit molecular mass of 23.9 kDa. The holoenzyme is a homotetramer of 97.3 kDa. Superoxide dismutase exhibited maximal activity at pH 8.5 and at temperature around 60 ºC. The enzyme was thermostable maintaining 50% of its activity even after 4.5 hours incubation at 60 ºC and more than 70% of its activity after 30 min at 80 ºC. When the microorganism was irradiated with UVA, an increase in the specific activity of superoxide dismutase was observed which was correlated with decreasing levels of anion superoxide, indicating the direct involvement of this enzyme in the capture of reactive oxygen species. This study reports the effects of UV radiation on a superoxide dismutase from a thermophilic bacterium isolated from an anthropogenic environment.

Keywords: Enzyme purification and characterization, sterilization oven’s microorganism, superoxide anion, superoxide dismutase, thermophile, UV radiation.

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Year: 2013
Page: [749 - 754]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/0929866511320070003
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