Synthesis of the Pyrrole Porphobilinogen by Sepharose-Linked δ-Aminolevulinic Acid Dehydratase

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Science  15 Jun 1973:
Vol. 180, Issue 4091, pp. 1188-1190
DOI: 10.1126/science.180.4091.1188


δ-Aminolevulinic acid dehydratase from Rhodopseudomonas spheroides was covalently linked to Sepharose 4B, which had been activated with cyanogen bromide. A column containing this enzyme gel readily catalyzed the synthesis of the pyrrole porphobilinogen on continuous passage of a solution of δ-aminolevulinic acid. Under the conditions of the procedures, product inhibition was minimized and a 50 to 94 percent yield was attained. A column containing about 1 milligram of enzyme was continuously operated for 27 days. Although its total activity appeared to be reduced about 30 percent at the end of this time, the bound enzyme produced approximately 200 milligrams of porphobilinogen each day, and about 5 grams of the pyrrole were isolated.