Purification and characterization of glpX-encoded fructose 1,6-bisphosphatase, a new enzyme of the glycerol 3-phosphate regulon of Escherichia coli

Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061, USA.
Journal of Bacteriology (Impact Factor: 2.81). 11/2000; 182(19):5624-7.
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In Escherichia coli, gene products of the glp regulon mediate utilization of glycerol and sn-glycerol 3-phosphate. The glpFKX operon encodes glycerol diffusion facilitator, glycerol kinase, and as shown here, a fructose 1,6-bisphosphatase that is distinct from the previously described fbp-encoded enzyme. The purified enzyme was dimeric, dependent on Mn(2+) for activity, and exhibited an apparent K(m) of 35 microM for fructose 1,6-bisphosphate. The enzyme was inhibited by ADP and phosphate and activated by phosphoenolpyruvate.

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    • "Hence, Ppdk and FBPase represent two enzymatic steps specifically acting in the gluconeogenic direction and which are not depending on the reversibility of a glycolytic enzyme. Five different classes of FBPases have been described according to their amino acid sequences (Donahue et al., 2000). Types I–III are primarily found in bacteria, type IV in archaea and type V in thermophilic prokaryotes. "
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