Purification and Properties of β-Alanine Synthase from Calf Liver

Author(s): Gunter Waldmann, Paul F. Cook, Klaus D. Schnackerz.

Journal Name: Protein & Peptide Letters

Volume 12 , Issue 1 , 2005

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β-Alanine synthase (EC catalyzes the conversion of N-carbamyl-β-alanine to β-alanine, ammonia and CO2. The enzyme has been purified to apparent homogeneity from calf liver. The molecular size, pH optimum and substrate specificity have been determined. Sequence alignment of β-alanine synthases with N-carbamyl-D-amino acid amidohydrolase from Agrobacter sp. revealed the conservation of a catalytically important triad Glu-Lys-Cys, most likely involved in the breakdown of N-carbamyl-β-alanine.

Keywords: balanine, balanine synthases, pyrimidine degradation, neurotransmitter

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Year: 2005
Page: [69 - 73]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/0929866053405904

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