Biotin protein ligase from Candida albicans: Expression, purification and development of a novel assay

Nicole R Pendini, Lisa M Bailey, Grant William Booker, Matthew Charles James Wilce, John Campbell Wallace, Steven W Polyak

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Biotin protein ligase (BPL) is an essential enzyme responsible for the activation of biotin-dependent enzymes through the covalent attachment of biotin. In yeast, disruption of BPL affects important metabolic pathways such as fatty acid biosynthesis and gluconeogenesis. This makes BPL an attractive drug target for new antifungal agents. Here we report the cloning, recombinant expression and purification of BPL from the fungal pathogen Candida albicans. The biotin domains of acetyl CoA carboxylase and pyruvate carboxylase were also cloned and characterised as substrates for BPL. A novel assay was established thereby allowing examination of the enzyme s properties. These findings will facilitate future structural studies as well as screening efforts to identify potential inhibitors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163 - 169
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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