Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 74, Issue 1, pp 81–84 | Cite as

Expression and functional analysis of aminotransferase involved in indole-3-acetic acid biosynthesis in Azospirillum brasilense Yu62

  • Shi-Mei Ge
  • Li Tao
  • San-Feng ChenEmail author


In this study, atrC (a novel gene from Azospirillum brasilense identified in our laboratory) was expressed in Escherichia coli, and SDS-PAGE analysis of the expressed AtrC revealed the apparent molecular weight of 45 kD. When analyzed under non-denaturing PAGE conditions and using L-tryptophan as a substrate, the purified AtrC protein exhibited aminotransferase activity, while crude protein extracts from A. brasilense Yu62 showed two activity bands with molecular masses estimated as 44 and 66 kD. Thus, we deduced that AtrC protein is identical to the 44 kD band of crude protein extracts. The optimal temperature and pH for the catalytic activity of the purified AtrC are 30°C and pH 7.0, respectively.

Key words

function analysis aminotransferase Azospirillum brasilense indole-3-acetic acid 



indole-3-acetic acid


indole-3-pyruvic acid


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Biological SciencesChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingP. R. China
  2. 2.College of Biological Sciences and National Key Laboratory for AgrobiotechnologyChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingP. R. China

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