Co-expression of lupanine hydroxylase and pyrroloquinoline quinone 2 leads to assembled and active recombinant lupanine hydroxylase in the 3 Escherichia coli periplasm

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Original languageEnglish
JournalArchives of Microbiology
Publication statusPublished - 2013
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Lupanine hydroxylase (LH) is a quinohaemoprotein responsible for the conversion of the 25 alkaloid, lupanine to 17-hydroxylupanine. Previous attempts to express the enzyme in 26 Escherichia coli required in vitro addition of the co-factor pyrroloquinoline quinone 27 (PQQ) and posed some impediments on subsequent structural studies for further 28 characterization of the enzyme. An E. coli clone with LH and cytochrome c maturation 29 operon was transformed with a third plasmid containing the PQQ operon from Klebsiella 30 pneumoniae , luh gene and resulted in the production of periplasmically-targeted, 31 correctly folded, PQQ and haem inserted active enzyme. 32 Interestingly, LH was less active than the in vitro incorporated PQQ-LH, presumably due 33 to the incorporation of PQQ precursors in the periplasm. This is a first report of an active 34 LH enzyme with in vivo incorporation of PQQ in E. coli and provides the necessary tool 35 for further enzyme structural characterization.


  • pyrroloquinoline quinone, lipanine hydroxylase, Escherichia coli, periplasmic space, quinohaemoprotein, protein export