This study focused on glutathione S-transferase (GST), one of the detoxification enzymes, from the silkworm, Bombyx mori (GSTT1). A cDNA encoding a putative GST was amplified by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction and sequenced. The deduced amino acid sequence revealed 59%, 57% and 56% identities to theta-class GSTs of Musca domestica, Anopheles gambiae and Drosophila melanogaster, respectively. GSTT1 was also estimated to be close to those GSTs in a phylogenetic tree. Recombinant GST (rGSTT1) was functionally overexpressed in Escherichia coli in a soluble form, purified to homogeneity, and characterized. The pH-optimum of rGSTT1 was broad from pH 4 to 9 and rGSTT1 retained more than 75% of its original activity after incubation at pH 5-11. Incubation for 30 min at temperatures below 50°C also affected the activity insignificantly. The Michaelis constant for 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene was 0.48 mM.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - B Biochemistry and Molecular Biology|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2005|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology