Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering

, Volume 23, Issue 5, pp 490–499 | Cite as

Discovery of a RuBisCO-like Protein that Functions as an Oxygenase in the Novel d-Hamamelose Pathway

  • Suk Min Kim
  • Hyun Seung Lim
  • Sun Bok LeeEmail author
Research Paper


Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO) is the key catalyst of CO2 fixation in nature. RuBisCO forms I, II, and III catalyze CO2 fixation reactions, whereas form IV, also called the RuBisCO-like protein (RLP), is known to have no carboxylase or oxygenase activities. Here, we describe an RLP in Ochrobactrum anthropi ATCC 49188 (Oant_3067; HamA) that functions as an oxygenase in the metabolism of d-hamamelose, a branched-chain hexose found in most higher plants. The d-hamamelose pathway is comprised of five previously unknown enzymes: d-hamamelose dehydrogenase, d-hamamelono-lactonase, d-hamamelonate kinase, d-hamamelonate-2′,5-bisphosphate dehydrogenase (decarboxylating), and the RLP 3-keto-d-ribitol-1,5-bisphosphate (KRBP) oxygenase, which converts KRBP to 3-d-phosphoglycerate and phosphoglycolate. HamA represents the first RLP catalyzing the O2-dependent oxidative C–C bond cleavage reaction, and our findings may provide insights into its applications in oxidative cleavage of organic molecules.


RuBisCO-like proteins oxygenase d-hamamelose metabolic pathway branched-chain sugar 


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Discovery of a RuBisCO-like Protein that Functions as an Oxygenase in the Novel d-Hamamelose Pathway


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringPohang University of Science and TechnologyPohangKorea

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