Conserved and unique thermodynamic properties of lactate dehydrogenases in an ectothermic organism, the teleost Microstomus achne, and an endothermic organism, bovine

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Abstract

It is widely believed that enzymatic activities in ectothermic organisms adapt to environmental temperatures. However, to date, no study has thoroughly compared multiple thermodynamic enzymatic characteristics across species living in dramatically different environments. To start to address this gap, we compared the characteristics of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) purified from the muscles from slime flounder Microstomus achne white muscle and bovine skeletal muscle (bM4) and heart. The Km and Vmax for pyruvate reduction were about three times higher for M. achne LDH than bM4. Surprisingly, maximum LDH activity was observed at ∼30 °C and ∼50 °C for M. achne and bovine LDHs, respectively, suggesting that the maximum enzymatic activity of LDH is set at a temperature ∼20 °C higher than environmental or body temperature across species. Although Km and Vmax values of these LDHs increased with temperature, the Vmax/Km ratio for M. achne LDH and bM4 was independent. Differential scanning calorimetry and enthalpy change measurements confirmed that M. achne and bovine muscle-specific LDHs shared similar properties. Based on the present findings and previous reports, we hypothesize that the function and thermodynamic properties of muscle LDH are highly conserved between a teleost adapted to cold, M. achne, and bovine.

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