Isolation and biochemical characterization of delta-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase from Streptomyces yokosukanensis ATCC 25520

Prikl Biokhim Mikrobiol. Jul-Aug 2008;44(4):394-8.


In this study, delta-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase from Streptomyces yokosukanensis ATCC 25520, producer of an unusual purine riboside antibiotic called nebularine, was purified and characterized. Purification procedures involved with ammonium sulphate precipitation and gel filtration techniques by use of Sephacryl S-200. After gel filtration a 90.76-fold purification was obtained. The maximum enzymic activity was observed in the supernatant after 100% precipitation. According to the data obtained from investigation, the enzyme was found to be a single polypeptide having molecular mass around 34.8 kDa. This was determined by SDS-PAGE. Its optimal temperature around 45 degrees C, and optimal pH was found to be 8.0. Some heavy metals, Pb2+, Zn2+, Fe3+, Co2+, Mn2+, Mg2+ inhibited its activity between 20-51%, Ni2+ increased its activity up to 15%.

MeSH terms

  • Porphobilinogen Synthase / biosynthesis
  • Porphobilinogen Synthase / chemistry
  • Porphobilinogen Synthase / isolation & purification*
  • Streptomyces / drug effects
  • Streptomyces / enzymology*


  • Porphobilinogen Synthase