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Biochimica et biophysica acta

Kinetics of the coupled reaction catalysed by a fusion protein of beta-galactosidase and galactose dehydrogenase.


PMID 11690652

Abstract

The mechanistic implications of the kinetic behaviour of a fusion protein of beta-galactosidase and galactose dehydrogenase have been analysed in view of predictions based on experimentally determined kinetic parameter values for the galactosidase and dehydrogenase activities of the protein. The results show that the time course of galactonolactone formation from lactose in the coupled reaction catalysed by the fusion protein can be most satisfactorily accounted for in terms of a free-diffusion mechanism when consideration is given to the mutarotation of the reaction intermediate galactose. It is concluded that no tenable kinetic evidence is available to support the proposal that the fusion protein catalyses galactonolactone formation from lactose by a mechanism involving channelling of galactose.