A mutant (D165N) of clostridial glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) in which the catalytic Asp is replaced by Asn surprisingly showed a residual 2% of wild-type activity when purified after expression in Escherichia coli at 37 degrees C. This low-level activity also displayed Michaelis constants for substrates that were remarkably similar to those of the wild-type enzyme. Expression at 8 degrees C gave a mutant enzyme preparation 1000 times less active than the first preparation, but progressively,...Expand abstract
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Spontaneous chemical reversion of an active site mutation: deamidation of an asparagine residue replacing the catalytic aspartic acid of glutamate dehydrogenase.
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