Production of trehalose synthase from a basidiomycete, Grifola frondosa, in Escherichia coli
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- Saito, K., Yamazaki, H., Ohnishi, Y. et al. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (1998) 50: 193. doi:10.1007/s002530051276
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The genomic DNA and cDNA for a gene encoding a novel trehalose synthase (TSase) catalyzing trehalose synthesis from α-d-glucose 1-phosphate and d-glucose were cloned from a basidiomycete, Grifola frondosa. Nucleotide sequencing showed that the 732-amino-acid TSase-encoding region was separated by eight introns. Consistent with the novelty of TSase, there were no homologous proteins registered in the databases. Recombinant TSase with a histidine tag at the NH2-terminal end, produced in Escherichia coli, showed enzyme activity similar to that purified from the original G. frondosa strain. Incubation of α-d-glucose 1-phosphate and d-glucose in the presence of recombinant TSase generated trehalose, in agreement with the enzymatic property of TSase that the equilibrium lay far in the direction of trehalose synthesis.