Interaction of pyridoxal 5-phosphate with apo-serine hydroxymethyltransferase

Biochim Biophys Acta. 1978 Oct 12;526(2):369-74. doi: 10.1016/0005-2744(78)90128-6.


The interaction of pyridoxal 5-phosphate with beef liver serine hydroxymethyltransferase (5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate:glycine hydroxymethyltransferase, EC has been investigated using sedimentation velocity, kinetic and equilibrium techniques. No evidence for an aggregating system could be found in sedimentation velocity experiments in the presence or absence of pyridoxal 5-phosphate. Reassociation of pyridoxal 5-phosphate with apoenzyme and reacquisition of enzymic activity follow identical kinetics. An initial fast step is followed by a second order process with a rate constant of 66 M-1. s-1. A dissociation constant of 27.5 micrometer was obtained from equilibrium studies. No interaction of binding sites was exposed by altering pH or in the presence of glycine or folate. Maxima observed in pH profiles with both binding and reactivation are interpreted as the composite fo two overlapping processes, one of which is ionization of the pyridinium nitrogen of pyridoxal 5-phosphate and the other a functional group on the apoenzyme. Evidence is presented to indicate the necessity for the formation of an enzyme . pyridoxal 5-phosphate Schiff's base complex during catalytic turnover.

MeSH terms

  • Apoenzymes / metabolism*
  • Apoproteins / metabolism*
  • Binding Sites
  • Glycine Hydroxymethyltransferase / metabolism*
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Kinetics
  • Pyridoxal Phosphate / metabolism*
  • Schiff Bases / metabolism
  • Transferases / metabolism*


  • Apoenzymes
  • Apoproteins
  • Schiff Bases
  • Pyridoxal Phosphate
  • Transferases
  • Glycine Hydroxymethyltransferase