Purification and characterization of a highly thermostable, oxygen-resistant, respiratory [NiFe]-hydrogenase from a marine, aerobic hydrogen-oxidizing bacterium Hydrogenovibrio marinus

Ki Seok Yoon, Keiichi Fukuda, Kiyoshi Fujisawa, Hirofumi Nishihara

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The membrane-bound [NiFe]-hydrogenase from Hydrogenovibrio marinus (HmMBH) was purified homogeneously under anaerobic conditions. Its molecular weight was estimated as 110 kDa, consisting of a heterodimeric structure of 66 kDa and 37 kDa subunits. The purified enzyme exhibited high activity in a wide temperature range: 185 U/mg at 30 °C and 615 U/mg at 85 °C (the optimum temperature). The Km and kcat/Km values for H2 were, respectively, 12 μM and 8.58 × 107 M-1 s-1. The optimum reaction pH was 7.8, but its stability was particularly high at pH 4.0-7.0. Results show that HmMBH was remarkably thermostable and oxygen-resistant: its half-life was 75 h at 80 °C under H2, and more than 72 h at 4 °C under air. The air-oxidized HmMBH for 72 h showed only weak EPR signals of Ni-B, suggesting a structural feature in which the active center is not easily oxidized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7081-7088
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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