Purification, Characterization, and Cloning of α-Hydroxynitrile Lyase from Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz)

University of California, Davis, Davis, California, United States
Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics (Impact Factor: 3.04). 07/1994; 311(2):496-502. DOI: 10.1006/abbi.1994.1267
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ABSTRACT alpha-Hydroxynitrile lyase (HNL, acetone cyanohydrin lyase, EC was purified to homogeneity from young leaves of the cyanogenic tropical crop plant cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz). The purified protein is a homo-trimer with a subunit relative molecular mass of 28,500 on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The active protein is not glycosylated and does not contain a flavin group. HNL exhibits complex kinetics which vary according to substrate concentration and may be related to aggregation of the enzyme. HNL activity against two natural substrates, acetone cyanohydrin and 2-butanone cyanohydrin, and one nonphysiological substrate, 2-pentanone cyanohydrin, was demonstrated. N-terminal and internal peptide sequences, obtained from HNL digested with the endoproteinase Glu-C, were used to design degenerate oligonucleotide primers for polymerase chain reaction with single-strand cDNA, using purified mRNA from cotyledons as template. The resulting DNA fragment was used to probe a cassava cotyledon cDNA library. Four cDNA clones were isolated, sequenced, and shown to contain derived amino acid sequences identical to those obtained from the purified protein.

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    • "The resulting acetone cyanohydrin is unstable and degrades spontaneously at pH levels higher than 5.0 or temperatures greater than 35°C, or enzymatically by hydroxynitrile lyase in leaves, releasing hydrogen cyanide and acetone (Cutler and Conn, 1981; Hughes et al., 1994; White et al., 1994, 1998; White and Sayre, 1995). However, cyanide release generally does not happen in intact cells because linamarin is localized in the vacuole, while the deglycosylase, linamarase, is localized in the cell wall and in laticifers (Mkpong et al., 1990; Hughes et al., 1994; McMahon et al., 1995). "
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    • "When the plant tissue is broken down, cyanogenic glucosides, composing of linamarin and lotaustralin, are hydrolyzed to glucose cyanohydrin compounds by linamarase, a specific enzyme found in the plant cell wall (Hughes et al., 1992; McMahon , White, & Sayre, 1995). The cyanohydrin is decomposed by enzyme or alkaline condition (pH > 5) to hydrogen cyanide (Hughes, Carvahlo, & Hughes, 1994; White, McMahon, & Sayre, 1994). "
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