, Volume 81, Issue 1, pp 99-107
Date: 04 Oct 2008

Induction of ortho- and meta-cleavage pathways in Pseudomonas in biodegradation of high benzoate concentration: MS identification of catabolic enzymes

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The degradation pathways of benzoate at high concentration in Pseudomonas putida P8 were directly elucidated through mass spectrometric identification of some key catabolic enzymes. Proteins from P. putida P8 grown on benzoate or succinate were separated using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. For cells grown on benzoate, eight distinct proteins, which were absent in the reference gel patterns from succinate-grown cells, were found. All the eight proteins were identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry as catabolic enzymes involved in benzoate degradation. Among them, CatB (EC5.5.1.1), PcaI (EC2.8.3.6), and PcaF (EC2.3.1.174) were the enzymes involved in the ortho-cleavage pathway; DmpC (EC1.2.1.32), DmpD (EC3.1.1.-), DmpE (EC4.2.1.80), DmpF (EC1.2.1.10), and DmpG (EC4.1.3.-) were the meta-cleavage pathway enzymes. In addition, enzyme activity assays showed that the activities of both catechol 1,2-dioxygenase (C12D; EC1.13.11.1) and catechol 2,3-dioxygenase (C23D; EC1.13.11.2) were detected in benzoate-grown P. putida cells, undoubtedly suggesting the simultaneous expression of both the ortho- and the meta-cleavage pathways in P. putida P8 during the biodegradation of benzoate at high concentration.