In vitro reconstitution of demolybdosulfite oxidase by molybdate.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Reconstitution of purified demolybdosulfite oxidase from rat liver has been achieved using inorganic molybdate as the source of molybdenum. The activation process has a pH optimum of 7.4 and is dependent on concentrations of molybdate and demolybdoenzyme. The reaction is inhibited by high concentrations of anions and by reduction of the demolybdoenzyme and requires incubation temperatures higher than 30 degrees. A reconstitution mechanism involving loss of tungsten and concomitant replacement with molybdenum in those demolybdo molecules which contain tungsten is supported by the following observations: (a) the extent of activation achieved by molybdate corresponds to the proportion of molecules in the preparation which contain tungsten. (b) Incubation of the demolybdoenzyme preparation at 37 degrees in the absence of molybdate results in progressive and concentration-dependent loss of ability to be reconstituted by molybdate and a corresponding but more rapid loss of tungsten from the enzyme. The reconstituted enzyme displays the molybdenum EPR signal characteristic of native enzyme and is inactivated by incubation at 42 degrees in a manner identical to native sulfite oxidase.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jones, HP; Johnson, JL; Rajagopalan, KV

Published Date

  • July 25, 1977

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 252 / 14

Start / End Page

  • 4988 - 4993

PubMed ID

  • 17611

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9258


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States