Alteration of substrate specificity of fructosyl-amino acid oxidase fromFusarium oxysporum

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Fructosyl-amino acid oxidase (FOD-F) from Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. raphani (NBRC 9972) is the enzyme catalyzing the oxidative deglycation of fructosyl-amino acids such as Nε-fructosyl Nα-benzyloxycarbonyl-lysine (FZK) and fructosyl valine (FV), which are model compounds of the glycated proteins in blood. Wild-type FOD-F has high activities toward both substrates. We obtained a mutant FOD-F, which reacts with FZK but not with FV by random mutagenesis. One amino-acid substitution (K373R) occurred in the mutant FOD-F. In addition to K373R, K373W, K373M, K373T, and K373V, which were selected for optimization of the substitution at position K373, were purified and characterized. Kinetic analysis showed that the catalytic turnover for FV greatly decreased, whereas that for FZK did not. In consequence, the specificities toward FZK were increased in the mutant FOD-Fs. The relation between the substrate specificity of the mutant FOD-Fs and the position of the carboxyl group of the substrates was demonstrated using a series of the substrates having the carboxyl group at the different position. The mutant FOD-Fs are attractive candidates for developing an enzymatic measurement method for glycated proteins such as glycated albumin in serum. This study will be helpful to establish an easier and rapid clinical assay system of glycated albumin.

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