Alanine racemase of Bacillus stearothermophilus catalyzes transamination as a side reaction. Stereospecificity for the hydrogen abstraction from C-4′ of pyridoxamine 5′-phosphate occurring in the latter half transamination was examined. Both apo-wild-type and apo-fragmentary alanine racemases abstracted approximately 20 and 80% of tritium from the stereospecifically-labeled (4′S)- and (4′R)-[4′-3H]PMP, respectively, in the presence of pyruvate. Alanine racemase catalyzes the abstraction of both 4′S- and 4′R-hydrogen like amino acid racemase with broad substrate specificity. However, R-isomer preference is a characteristic property of alanine racemase.
- Alanine racemase
- Pyridoxal 5′-phosphate
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Process Chemistry and Technology