Purification and characterization of phenylalanine ammonia-lyase from Ustilago maydis

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia - Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Phytochemistry (Impact Factor: 3.35). 09/1996; 43(2):351-357. DOI: 10.1016/0031-9422(96)00282-8

ABSTRACT Phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL; EC. has been purified to homogeneity from liquid-cultured cells of the phytopathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis by use of heat treatment, protamine and ammonium sulphate precipitation, ion-exchange and gel filtration chromatography, and preparative PAGE. Its native molecular mass was estimated as 320±20 kDa and its subunit molecular mass as 80 kDa. No isoforms of the enzyme were detected, and there was no evidence of glycosylation of the protein. Ustilago PAL was most active at pH 8.8–9.2 and 30° and had a Km for l-phenylalanine of 1.05 mM. The enzyme did not deaminate l-tyrosine. The synthetic inhibitor 2-aminoindan-2-phosphonic acid (AIP) strongly inhibited the enzyme, as did sulphhydryl reagents and carbonyl reagents, whereas t-cinnamate was only moderately inhibitory. Ustilago PAL activity had no requirement for metal ion cofactors, but was inhibited by heavy metal ions (Ag+, Cu2+, and Hg2+). Polyclonal antibodies raised against the purified enzyme readily recognized U. maydis PAL in solution and on Western blots, but only weakly cross-reacted with higher plant PAL.

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    • "About 80% recovery yield and 32.6-fold purification factor of PAL were obtained (Monge et al., 1995). PAL has also been purified to homogeneity from liquid-cultured cells of the phytopathogenic fungus U. maydis by use of heat treatment, protamine and ammonium sulfate precipitation, ion-exchange and gel filtration chromatography (Kim et al., 1996). In addition, most PALs are considered to be hydrophobic proteins. "
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    • "PAL plays an important role in plant defense and is also involved in the biosynthesis of the signaling molecule, salicylic acid, which is required for plant systemic resistance (Nugroho et al., 2002; Chaman et al., 2003). PAL is present in all higher plants studied and is also found in some fungi (Kim et al., 1996; Hattori et al., 1999), and cyanobacteria (Moffitt et al., 2007), but has not yet been detected in Eubacteria , Archaea, and animals. "
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    • "CuSO4 had a pronounced positive effect on the time to wilting in dry-stored Bouvardia 'Van Zijverden' (Vaslier and van Doorn, 2003). While a non-specific inhibitor of peroxidase, Cu 2+ also inhibits other enzymes, such as phenylalanine ammonium lyase (PAL) (Kim et al., 1996). PAL is also involved in cut stem wound reactions. "
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