Specificities and Properties of Three Reduced Pyridine Nucleotide-Flavin Mononucleotide Reductases Coupling to Bacterial Luciferase

Mol Cell Biochem. 1982 May 14;44(3):181-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00238506.


Three different NAD(P)H-FMN reductases were extracted from Beneckea harveyi MB-20 cells and separated by DEAE-Sephadex A50 column chromatography. Further purification was achieved by affinity chromatography. In determinations of Km values for NADH, NADPH, and FMN, these three reductases exhibited different specificities and kinetic parameters. One reductase utilizes NADH, whereas a second one utilizes NADPH as the preferred substrate. The third, a newly described reductase species, exhibits about the same reaction rates with NADH and NADPH. The reaction mechanisms of the three enzyme forms have been deduced by steady state kinetic analysis. The highly pure (based on gel electrophoresis) NADPH-FMN reductase still exhibited a low (approximately 2%) activity for NADH, which activity was increased upon storage at 4 degrees but suppressed completely by the replacement of the phosphate buffer with sodium citrate buffer. This high specificity of NADPH-FMN reductase for NADPH under these conditions is useful for the assay of NADPH, notably in systems coupled to bacterial luciferase.

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism
  • Chromatography, Affinity
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • FMN Reductase
  • Kinetics
  • Luciferases / metabolism*
  • NADH, NADPH Oxidoreductases / metabolism*
  • NADP / metabolism
  • Substrate Specificity
  • Vibrio / enzymology*
  • Vibrionaceae / enzymology*


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • NADP
  • Luciferases
  • FMN Reductase
  • NADH, NADPH Oxidoreductases