Cloning, expression, and characterization of male cynomolgus monkey liver aldehyde oxidase

Biol Pharm Bull. 2007 Jul;30(7):1191-8. doi: 10.1248/bpb.30.1191.


In this study, we investigated the properties of monkey liver aldehyde oxidase directed toward the clarification of species differences. The aldehyde oxidase preparation purified from male cynomolgus monkey liver cytosol showed a major 150 kDa Coomassie brilliant blue (CBB)-stained band together with a minor 130 kDa band using sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). Both bands were identified as being aldehyde oxidase by a database search of the MS data obtained with nano-liquid chromatography, quardrupole time of flight, mass spectrometry (nano-LC Q/TOF MS). Based on the sequence coverage, the 130 kDa protein was presumed to be deficient in 20-30 kDa mass from the N-terminus. Full male cynomolgus monkey aldehyde oxidase cDNA was cloned and sequenced with the four degenerate primers designed by considering the peptide sequences containing the amino acids specific for monkey aldehyde oxidase. The deduced amino acid sequences had 96% amino acid identity with those of human enzyme. The aldehyde oxidase expressed in Escherichia coli also exhibited two immunoreactive bands on SDS-PAGE/Western blot analysis. Further, the biphasic pattern was observed for Eadie-Hofstee plots of the (S)-enantiospecific 2-oxidation activity of RS-8359 with the expressed and cytosolic monkey liver aldehyde oxidase. The results suggested that two forms of aldehyde oxidase in monkey were the expression products by a single gene. In contrast, the similarly expressed rat aldehyde oxidase showed only one immunoreactive protein and monophasic pattern. The biphasic phenomenon could be caused by the existence of two aldehyde oxidase isoforms or two active sites in a single enzyme or some other reasons. Further studies on the problems of the biphasic pattern and species differences in aldehyde oxidase are needed.

MeSH terms

  • Aldehyde Oxidase / chemistry
  • Aldehyde Oxidase / genetics*
  • Aldehyde Oxidase / metabolism
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Liver / enzymology*
  • Macaca fascicularis
  • Male
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Rats
  • Species Specificity


  • Aldehyde Oxidase